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Real Madrid In Danger Of Losing Talented Left-Back Targeted By PSG: Should Zidane Let Him Leave?

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Jack O’Brien
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According to RMC Sport, as cited by Mundo Deportivo, Paris Saint-Germain have identified Sergio Reguilon as one of their main targets this summer. The Real Madrid star is set to return to Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, with Sevilla having no option to sign him permanently. That has put PSG on red alert as Thomas Tuchel looks to reinforce his defensive department.

Sergio Reguilon’s success at Sevilla

Due to the arrival of Ferland Mendy, Reguilon was shipped out to Sevilla on loan last summer, in search of regular-time. And that has greatly benefitted the Spaniard, who has now established himself as one of the best performing left-backs in La Liga this campaign.

Indeed, Reguilon has been an ever-present figure in the Sevilla backline, making 22 league appearances. His creativity from the flanks, combined with his all-round gameplay has helped Los Nervionenses stay one step ahead of Real Sociedad, Getafe and Atletico Madrid in the league table.

Reguilon’s excellent performances are also backed up by statistics, with the defender delivering 35 key passes in 22 matches. He has created the highest number of chances per game compared to any other left-back in La Liga this season (minimum 20 games played).

Defensively, the 23-year-old has attempted 3.3 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.4 clearances per game, which is indicative of his commitment. And with Reguilon also attaining a pass completion of 80%, it is fair to say that he has been a huge success at Sevilla this campaign.

MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 07: Sergio Reguilon of Sevilla FC in action during the Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Sevilla FC at Wanda Metropolitano on March 07, 2020, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Does Reguilon have any future at Real Madrid?

Despite a spending spree last summer, Real Madrid are once again expected to make a lot of changes in their squad after the end of the season. The left-back department, in particular, is in complete disarray, with Marcelo facing an uncertain future at the club.

The Brazilian veteran has not been able to reinstate himself as one of the world’s best left-backs since returning from injury. He has featured in only 11 games so far, and at the age of 31, Los Blancos are likely to offload him in the summer. That’s where Reguilon could come into the fray.

The 23-year-old, in the event of Marcelo’s potential departure, will have only one competitor in Mendy. These two can compete for a place in the first-team next season. And given the youthful exuberance of both the individuals, Real Madrid would certainly need to keep hold of Reguilon this summer.

The Spaniard has shown this season that he has what it takes to become a premier fullback in La Liga. His presence in the Real Madrid team, therefore, will provide Zinedine Zidane with an additional option in the left-back department next season – making it easier for the Frenchman to rotate his squad week in week out.

Stat courtesy: Whoscored

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