This summer transfer window will bring changes for Real Madrid, amid the emotional farewells to Toni Kroos and Nacho Fernández and the excitement surrounding the arrivals of Kylian Mbappé and Endrick. However, AS report that another man could be ending a nine-year stint at the club; Jesús Vallejo.....CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE>>>

The central defender arrived in 2015 from Real Zaragoza as one of the most promising talents in Spanish soccer. At the time, the club forked out €6 million ($6.43 million), to bring in the man who had captained his team to the play-off final in an ultimately unsuccessful fight for promotion from Segunda División, while also representing Spain regularly at youth level.

Despite his potential, Vallejo now looks set to depart having made only 31 appearances for the club over nine years. That’s part of the reason why Carlo Ancelotti will not count upon him next season, which would be the last of his current contract which is set to expire in 2025.

As such, Real Madrid has set out to cash in on Vallejo and accept even low offers for the defender before he departs for free in 12 months.

Ancelotti has made it clear that he feels there is no room for Vallejo in his squad, despite the departure of captain Nacho. The return to fitness of David Alaba should have him ready for 2024/25, alongside Antonio Rüdiger and Éder Militão.

The defensive ranks will also be bolstered by the possible arrival of 18-year-old Leny Yoro from Lille. The report from AS indicates that talks with the French club are progressing well, with the asking price edging closer to the €40 million ($42.9 million) fee that Los Blancos would be willing to pay.

Even in the case that Yoro does not arrive this summer, with the club in no rush to push a deal through, Ancelotti prefers his alternatives. That could include the option of Aurelién Tchouameni as a makeshift defender, as was experimented with in the 2023/24 campaign, or alternatively see Marvel, from the club’s B-team Castilla, called up to the senior squad.

In any case, the Italian will not rely upon Vallejo, who has not played for the club since a substitute appearance against Real Valladolid in April 2023. In total, he has started 22 games for Real Madrid, including 15 in La Liga, five in the Copa del Rey and two in the Champions League, but the last came in May 2022.

During his almost-decade long stay at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, he has had loan spells back at his former club Real Zaragoza, as well as two stints at Granada and foreign escapades to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League and Eintracht Frankfurt in Bundesliga.

In 2023/24, he returned for a third season with Granada, starting the first game of the season against Atlético Madrid. He would make only two more appearances, both off the bench, amid speculation that he could be suffering with mental health issues, with AS putting it down to a break-up with his partner, as he was not even named among a matchday squad since January.

Addressing those claims, he posted on social media to say, ‘The news published by Aimara G. Gil in Diario AS that María and I have broken up is TOTALLY FALSE. María and I have been in a relationship for 12 years and we have always been together and we are still together…CONTINUE READING>>

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