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Xabi Alonso interested in signing 21-year-old Real Madrid starlet for Bayer Leverkusen



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It is not surprising that players of Real Madrid Castilla find themselves recipients to lucrative offers from across the globe. The youngsters of Real Madrid put up strong performances week after week last season and made their way to the doorstep of promotion to the Segunda division.

In the end, their hopes crashed in the final step. Nevertheless, their performances did not go unnoticed and most players of the team are now on their way to the next big step in their careers.

One such young talent is Sergio Arribas. The Real Madrid Castilla star was one of the highest-rated players of his crop, but Los Blancos are forced to sell him considering the ruthless competition in midfield.

According to reports from journalist Rodra, Bayer Leverkusen are now entering the race to sign Arribas. Their manager and Real Madrid legend Xabi Alonso is a big fan of the youngster’s capabilities and sees him as a natural fit for the German setup.

Contacts between the Bundesliga side and Arribas’ entourage have already begun, and the coming week will be critical on that front. After all, the 21-year-old has multiple proposals on his table.

Girona, Real Betis and Sevilla are some of the teams from La Liga said to be interested in acquiring his services. However, the biggest hurdle on the negotiations front is Real Madrid’s stance on the player. The Merengues demand €10 million for just 50% of Arribas’ rights.

Considering that Alonso is one of the best-placed candidates to take over at Santiago Bernabeu next season, a move to Bayer Leverkusen could be an interesting formula for the Castilla star to leave a lasting impression on the upcoming Real Madrid coach. In theory, it could engineer a return to the club of his dreams in the years to come.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury



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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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