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Real Madrid’s 21-year-old loanee will be a part of the first-team setup next season – report

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Over the past few months, Real Madrid bid goodbye to several young players that appeared to have completed their cycle in the Castilla team and did not have a place in the senior setup right away.

Sergio Arribas, Carlos Dotor, Marvin Park, and Antonio Blanco are some of the names that were sold outright by the club with buyback clauses inserted for almost each such player.

Rafa Marin was an exception in the sense that the 21-year-old was not sold but was instead sent out on loan to Deportivo Alaves after renewing his contract with the club.

Marin will be part of the first-team setup in 2024/25

Now, AS is reporting that the plan for Marin is to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season to become a part of the first team for the next campaign.

The 21-year-old centre-back will be handed the role of the fourth centre-back at the Santiago Bernabeu once he returns from his loan stint.

As things stand, Los Blancos have Eder Militao, David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger, and Nacho Fernandez as their frontline options for the centre-back.

The recent injury to Militao has seen Carlo Ancelotti call up Marvel from the Castilla setup to train with the seniors.

Marin, had he stayed, would, in all probability, have been the one to replace Militao. But the 21-year-old will be a part of the first-team setup next term, when Nacho will see his contract expire.

As for his time at Alaves, the young Spaniard has played in each of the newly-promoted La Liga club’s two matches so far this season, starting one.

Real Madrid will hope that Marin continues to gather regular minutes and gain valuable experience before returning to the club next year.

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Lille reject €50 million offer from Premier League giants for Real Madrid target

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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has revealed that Lille have turned down a €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro, a young player who is also a target for Real Madrid.

Yoro, who is just 18 years old, has caught the attention of several major European clubs during this summer’s transfer window. 

Among these clubs are Liverpool, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain, all eager to sign the talented centre-back from Lille. However, they are all competing with Real Madrid, who are also very interested in Yoro.

According to sources in England, Lille recently rejected Liverpool’s offer of €50 million for the player. 

While this amount is close to what Lille have been asking for, they have set a price tag of €60 million and are in no mood to lower their demands.

Real Madrid continue to lead the race

The main challenge for clubs interested in Yoro is that many believe he has already decided to join Real Madrid

Lille have turned down €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite this, Real Madrid have not made a formal move to negotiate with Lille, as they are unwilling to meet the €60 million asking price.

In the meantime, other clubs hoping to sign Yoro are relying on the chance that he might reconsider and choose a different team over Real Madrid. 

Liverpool, in particular, have been doubtful about their chances of securing Yoro, mainly because of Real Madrid’s interest.

Yoro wants Real Madrid

Discussions about Yoro have been widespread recently, with many suggesting that the player is aware of Real Madrid’s interest and is waiting for them to prioritise his transfer. 

However, the main sticking point remains Lille’s demand and Real Madrid, knowing that Yoro’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, are not willing to pay that much.

Given that Yoro has only one year left on his contract after this summer, Real Madrid are reluctant to enter a bidding war and pay more than they think is reasonable. 

Reports indicate that Real Madrid are not prepared to offer more than €30 million for the player.

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