Man City and Arsenal named as rivals for Real Madrid teenage sensation

Date published: Saturday 13th February 2021 1:00 - Neil Foster

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Reports in Spain claim Manchester City and Arsenal are monitoring the situation of talented Real Madrid teenager Bruno Iglesias.

The 17-year-old has been turning heads ever since he joined Real’s youth academy from Santa Marta in 2015. He has played for the Under-17 and Under-19 sides, with reports he is close to the Castilla squad.

The young midfielder is highly rated in Spain and at the Bernabeu. But, with his contract due to expire in the summer of 2023, other clubs have taken note.

Real Madrid-focused outlet Defensa Central suggests that interest from England comes from City and the Gunners. It is said the duo have been scouting him for some time.

Los Blancos will want to make sure he stays with them but the lure of England could be persuasive. It has been suggested that the starlet is also under consideration for a spot in the Real first team.

That seems unlikely at the moment, with Real trying to chase down city rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga. The champions are five points behind Diego Simeone’s side, who have two games in hand.

Zinedine Zidane will trust his experienced players to try and bridge the gap – but next season could be different. Arsenal and City will hope he does not break through as it would see a huge hike in any potential transfer fee.

There are likely to be other suitors emerging but Real hold all the aces for his future.

High praise for City youngster

City already have a young player who is establishing himself at the top level. Phil Foden has taken his game to a new level in 2020-2021.

Having been used more as a substitute in previous seasons, the 20-year-old has started 11 league games this term. And City have reaped the rewards, with 10 goals from 29 outings in all competitions.

He looks set to play a vital role for England in this summer’s European Championship. And England legend Wayne Rooney has offered some advice for the Stockport-born ace.

“I think [my advice] for Phil Foden is to keep doing what he’s doing,” he said. “I think he has been one of the best players in the league this season. [Pep] Guardiola has managed him really well.

“I spoke to him a couple of times and you could see he is a very level-headed lad. So, to keep doing what he’s doing. He’s entertaining to watch, great to watch.”


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