While it is not rare for a single player to have the ability to cover multiple positions, these players are worth a fortune in the world of football and are highly sought after.
Real Madrid has had one such young gem in their arsenal since 2019. Though Zinedine Zidane identified and rewarded Marvin Park’s talent in 2020/21, Ancelotti has not been a big fan of the Spaniard.
According to reports from MARCA (h/t RM4Arab), Las Palmas are pressing to sign Marvin this summer. The 22-year-old primarily plays as a winger but is capable of playing centrally and as a full-back, too.
The Segunda division team are close to reaching an agreement with Real Madrid and see the youngster as an acquisition that will help them compete on all fronts.
The forward currently plays for Real Madrid Castilla. In 59 appearances for the B team, he has scored four goals and provided three assists.
He made his debut for the first team against Real Sociedad in September 2020. In his four appearances under the French manager, he managed one assist.
The youngster’s performances at the subsidiary team have been far from convincing. While his dynamism is valuable, he has lacked the end product on the field.
The senior team already has the likes of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez to play on the wings. Needless to say, the scope for Marvin’s promotion is bleak.
His contract with the Castilla team expires in less than a year. With Ancelotti not showing any interest in promoting the Spaniard, a departure could be the best decision for all parties involved.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.