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Tottenham loanee reveals Real Madrid wanted him in 2023: “My agent told me”

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Speaking to AS during an interview, Tottenham youngster Alejo Veliz, who is currently on loan at Sevilla, has revealed that Real Madrid were interested in signing him in the past.

Real Madrid are set to face off against Sevilla tomorrow at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga, with Veliz set to be involved for the Andalusian outfit.

Ahead of the contest, the 20-year-old Argentine centre-forward revealed that Los Blancos had held an interest in him in the past before his move to Tottenham materialised.

As per the striker, Real Madrid’s interest emerged in 2023, around the time of the South American Under-20 Championship, which went on between January and February last year.

The youngster also revealed that there was some degree of interest at the time of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup as well, but he wanted to continue at his former club, Rosario.

“Yes, it appeared in the press and some time ago my agent told me about the interest of Real Madrid, but it didn’t materialize. It was at the time of the South American U-20 Championship, I hadn’t been in the first team for long and I wanted to continue playing in Rosario,” Veliz said.

“After the U-20 World Cup too. But I’m a calm guy, I take things patiently and I believe a lot in God, he focuses me on my path and he’s going to give me the best.”

In the end, though, Veliz ended up signing for Tottenham in the summer, but having struggled for minutes, he joined Sevilla on loan during the winter window.

On the prospect of facing Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow, Veliz added: “Going to the Bernabéu is something incredible. I’m going to try to enjoy it, but with the responsibility that comes with it. I will give my best.

“I think Sevilla are in a great moment, we have to take advantage of it to get the three points, no matter how difficult Real Madrid are.”

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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