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Real Madrid will retain 21-year-old youngster amid inquiries from several La Liga clubs

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In the 2023 summer transfer window, Real Madrid saw many young prospects from their Castilla youth ranks depart, with Rafa Marin joining Deportivo Alaves on loan.

As the season’s summit is now in sight, Marin has proven himself a crucial asset for Alaves.

The young centre-back has become a mainstay for his loan side, pivotal in guiding them to an 11th-place finish in La Liga following promotion.

And due to Marin’s incredible strides, Real Madrid are eager to have him back within their ranks next season.

Real Madrid ignore interest for Marin

Indeed, according to El Larguero numerous La Liga teams have enquired about Rafa Marin from Real Madrid.

However, the response from Real Madrid is that Rafa Marin is staying for now and he is not available for transfer.

The 21-year-old’s potential and contributions are valued by Real Madrid, who view him as a crucial component of their plans for the near and possibly far future.

Set to stay in Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Considering the Merengues are keen on shoring up their defence, especially with Nacho Fernandez likely to hit the exit door this summer, it is likely that the club will place faith in their homegrown talent.

This recent development also presents a hurdle for Serie A powerhouse AC Milan, who were reportedly eyeing Marin as a possible acquisition to strengthen their defense.

Presence in the Olympics not ruled out

Rafa Marin is not only expected to rejoin Real Madrid, but he has also won the right to play for Spain in the Olympics in Paris this year.

The fact that Marin was chosen for Spain’s Under-21 squad in five of the six Euro qualifiers shows how highly coach Santi Denia values his presence.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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