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Real Madrid youth team’s ‘Casemiro’ wanted by two Spanish clubs – report

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Every summer, Real Madrid are faced with painful decisions over the future of academy stars who narrowly miss out on a chance to prove their worth with the first team.

Los Blancos’ financial soundness and well-stacked squad, after all, leaves little room for young academy stars to push for an audition. Many, thus, are forced to leave and look for newer pastures.

The ongoing transfer window is no different, and as has come to light in recent weeks, the talented Mario Martin appears to be on his way out of Real Madrid.

Imminent Departure

At just 20 years of age, Martin has left a strong impression on the Real Madrid management in recent years and even stands out as one of the few young players Carlo Ancelotti admires.

Earlier this month, in fact, it was reported that Martin was a good option to replace Dani Ceballos in the squad this summer if the Spaniard leaves the club.

Now, according to reports from Bernabeu Digital, the La Fabrica starlet is very close to sealing an exit from Real Madrid and has attracted interest from several first-division teams that guarantee a regular role.

Mario Martin could leave Real Madrid. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The two options

The Spanish outlet brings to light that two newly promoted sides firmly have their eyes set on the 20-year-old – Real Valladolid and Espanyol.

The former, in fact, have already contacted Los Blancos and are in talks to secure the deal.

Martin is widely considered the ‘Casemiro’ of the academy especially given his tenacity, commitment to the crest and solidity in midfield. His departure, needless to say, will be a big blow to the club’s future plans.

Real Madrid have ensured to retain leverage over the future of departing young talents in recent years, either as a sell-on percentage or a buy-back clause. It remains to be seen which route the administration prefers in Martin’s case.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Photo by Marco Rosi - SS Lazio/Getty Images

Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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