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Real Madrid’s 19-year-old academy jewel having doubts about continuity at club

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Nico Paz is one of the finest young talents to have come through the Real Madrid youth setup in recent years.

The 19-year-old has been tipped for a bright future in the game and made his first-team debut this past season, even scoring a goal in his eight senior appearances.

However, as we head into the summer transfer window, it appears that the young Argentine prodigy is starting to have some concerns about what lies next for him.

Nico Paz has growing doubts

Indeed, as per Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA, Nico Paz is having doubts about whether to continue at Real Madrid or seek a transfer elsewhere amid interest from several clubs this summer.

As mentioned earlier, the 19-year-old broke into the senior setup last season, but did not feature even once after January when he played in the Copa del Rey clash against Arandina, with manager Carlo Ancelotti seeing something that did not please him.

Back with Castilla for the remainder of the campaign, Nico ended the season well, finishing with ten goals in 29 matches for Raul’s team.

Nico Paz’s continuity in doubt. (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

However, with the summer window upon us, the young attacking midfielder is in doubt about spending another season with Castilla or moving on from the club.

After all, despite his potential, a spot in Ancelotti’s team is difficult to earn, especially given the plethora of midfield talent available in the senior squad.

Even though reports suggested that Nico could be in contention for a first-team promotion if Dani Ceballos leaves, minutes would still be hard to come by and he would have to make do with playing for Castilla again.

Real Madrid, for their part, count on Nico, but would be open to the possibility of him developing abroad before returning to the club if an opportunity presented itself.

For now, Nico will do the pre-season with the senior team but with interest from clubs like Leganes, among others, he will assess his options and make a decision over his next move.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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