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Real Madrid Among Clubs Hoping To Land This Spanish Left-Back: Should Ancelotti Snap Him Up?

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In a recent report, Fichajes has stated that Real Madrid are among clubs hoping to land Rayo Vallecano left-back Fran Garcia. It has been claimed that Los Blancos will have to rival Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the race to recruit the Spanish talent.

Garcia’s Impressive Season At The Estadio de Vallecas

Garcia has experienced a solid campaign in Spanish football as he has managed to produce some impressive displays on the left side of Vallecano’s defence. The 22-year-old has scored one goal and provided one assist in 31 matches for the Spanish side this season in multiple competitions.

The Spanish full-back has been a consistent performer down the left flank based on his average of 1.9 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 0.8 shots, 1.0 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in La Liga. He has even been accurate when interchanging possession with his teammates, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 80.3% in the Spanish top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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Real Betis’ French-Senegalese defender Youssouf Sabaly (L) vies with Rayo Vallecano’s Spanish defender Fran Garcia during the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) semi final second leg football match between Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on March 3, 2022. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP) (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)
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Should Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti Snap Garcia Up?

Garcia is blessed with electric pace that allows him to make some dangerous runs with the ball down the left-wing. He is slowly transforming himself into a decent defender at the back and can even create some inviting chances for his teammates in the attacking end of the field.

Los Blancos can definitely use someone of Garcia’s skill set and potential to add more quality to their squad for the long run. He would serve as an ideal long-term successor to Marcelo at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Thus, Carlo Ancelotti would be wise to engineer a move to snap Garcia up during the summer transfer window. At 22, Garcia has taken great strides towards improving himself, so the Madrid giants will do well to lure him to the Spanish capital in the off-season.

Garcia ticks all the right boxes in terms of what Ancelotti demands from his full-backs. Hence, the Spanish youngster would be a decent option for Los Blancos to consider ahead of the new campaign.

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