Sunday, October 21, 2018

Fede Valverde to stay at Real

According to Marca, Federico “Fede” Valverde is expected to play a part in Real Madrid first team in 2018/19.

Coach Julen Lopetegui enjoys a high reputation when it comes to working with young players, having proven himself by running Spain’s youth categories. Despite having a world-class  midfield containing the likes of Casemiro, Luka Modrić and Toni Kroos, the manager is set to feel the absence of Mateo Kovačić who has left for a season-long loan to Chelsea. With the transfer window approaching its closure, the club are hard pressed for time to secure a proper replacement for the 24-year-old Croat.

And in such circumstances, an expert of Lopetegui’s repute is bound to look inwards, at the club’s youth prospects.

After a year with Real Madrid Castilla, Valverde spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna and made 25 appearances in all competition for them. Now, despite interest from a number of clubs, the 20-year-old midfielder seems set to be given a role with the Champions League winners’ first team as they look to displace Barcelona from the Spanish throne.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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