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Real Madrid’s 21-year-old attacking midfielder will not join La Liga club on loan

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Real Madrid have hit the jackpot with Brazilian talents multiple times in recent years. Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Jr, and Eder Militao were all picked up early by the club scouts, and have now become critical parts of Carlo Ancelotti’s dynamics.

Not every stone thrown, however, has turned to gold. One of the best examples is Reinier Jesus.

The Brazilian star was picked up by Los Blancos early in his development from Flamengo. He arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu when he was just 18 years of age and was seen as one of the brightest upcoming attacking midfielders.

But things have not worked out for him at the Spanish capital club. After spending the last three seasons away on loan, the management is again looking for a way out for the 21-year-old. And Reports earlier this week claimed interest from Girona in re-signing the youngster on loan.

But, Mario Cortegana puts an end to that speculation, stating that Reinier will not join Michel’s side.

Since his €30 million move to Real Madrid, Reinier is yet to make his debut for the first team. He spent two years on loan at Borussia Dortmund before returning to Madrid only to be sent to Girona.

In 18 La Liga appearances for the Catalans last season, the 21-year-old scored two goals and provided one assist. Further, he averaged a mere 0.4 key passes per game and missed two big chances in his limited participation.

His injury-riddled loan stint with the La Liga side ended last month and the Brazilian is currently participating in pre-season under Ancelotti.

The Italian tactician does not see the Brazilian as part of his plans heading into the new season. After all, the competition in the middle of the park at Real Madrid is already unforgiving. Moreover, he has not shown enough on his loan spells to claim a role with the Merengues.

As such, a return to Girona looked possible, with the report from The Athletic stating that there was an agreement in principle between the clubs for the 21-year-old to move to Montilivi.

But Girona have now decided to pull out from the deal as they have informed Reinier that they will be needing the non-EU spot in their squad for a different player who can replace the Barcelona-bound Oriol Romeu.

As such, Los Blancos will now have to widen their radar and look for alternate suitors.

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Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal ready to make Real Madrid veteran the highest-paid defender – report

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A month ago, whispers began to circulate about Real Madrid’s star defender, Antonio Rudiger, drawing attention from Saudi Arabian football clubs. Initially, Rudiger appeared uninterested in the potential move. 

However, recent reports from SPORT reveal that he has now received multiple offers from the Middle East, notably from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, and these offers are lucrative enough to make him the highest-paid defender globally.

Currently, Real Madrid have no intention of parting ways with Rudiger. The player, in turn, seems content to stay with the Spanish giants. 

This mutual desire to remain united is understandable, especially given the circumstances of the past season. 

Injuries to key defenders Eder Militao and David Alaba left a significant void in Real Madrid’s defence, which Rudiger admirably filled. Despite being 31 years old, Rudiger’s exceptional performance last season has only increased his value.

Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal want Rudiger

Al-Nassr, a team that boasts stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo Brozovic, and Sadio Mane, is reportedly keen on adding Rudiger to their ranks. 

They currently have Aymeric Laporte as their primary defensive asset, but the dream of strengthening their defence with Rudiger is strong. 

Antonio Rudiger has no interest in leaving Real Madrid. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The idea is to pair Rudiger with Laporte, creating a formidable defensive duo. The financial offer on the table for Rudiger is astronomical, designed to tempt him into forming a top-tier defensive partnership.

Similarly, Al-Hilal, are also in the hunt. Their goal is to bolster a defence that already features standout players like Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly. 

If Rudiger were to join Al-Hilal, he would be in the company of notable talents such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ruben Neves, Renan Lodi, and Bono.

Real Madrid and Rudiger are uninterested

Despite these enticing offers, Real Madrid remain firm in their decision not to sell Rudiger. The player himself is not inclined to leave La Liga. 

The departure of Nacho to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Qadsiah and the uncertain physical conditions of Alaba and Militao are pivotal reasons why Real Madrid are unwilling to consider letting go of their most dependable centre-back.

While the Saudi Arabian league is likely to continue its efforts to persuade all parties involved that Rudiger’s transfer would be mutually beneficial, the reality is that such an operation appears highly improbable. 

Rudiger’s value to Real Madrid, coupled with his own commitment to the club, makes any potential move a complex and unlikely scenario.

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