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Real Madrid Offered A Chance To Sign This La Liga Left-Back: Should Ancelotti Snap Him Up?

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In a recent report, Defensa Central mentioned that Real Madrid have been offered a chance to sign Jose Gaya from Valencia. It is believed that Los Blancos could face competition in the form of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in pursuit of the Spanish defender.

Gaya’s Impressive Form In Spanish Football This Season

Gaya is having a solid campaign at the Mestalla Stadium as he has produced a run of impressive displays on the left side of Valencia’s defence. The Pedreguer-born talent has made 30 appearances for the Spanish side this season, netting two goals and securing five assists in the process across all competitions.

The 26-year-old has been a consistent performer down the left flank based on his average of 1.5 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 0.7 shots, 1.0 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even distributed the ball relatively well after making 75.3% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

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Valencia’s Spanish defender Jose Gaya Pena reacts during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) final football match between Real Betis and Valencia CF at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville, on April 23, 2022. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Should Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti Snap Gaya Up This Summer?

Gaya can use his pace to get back to defend when needed. More importantly, he can utilize his quickness to get to the byline and create some inviting chances for his teammates. Gaya has got a good work rate and has already established himself as a solid presence on the defensive end of the pitch.

The Spaniard is currently the captain of Valencia and deserves credit for scoring and creating a handful of important goals for them this season. Thus, Los Blancos would be wise to snap him up when the transfer window reopens later this summer. At 26, Gaya is currently playing at his peak and would enhance the quality of Carlo Ancellotti‘s match-day squad.

The Valencia skipper is good enough to serve as an ideal successor to Marcelo, who is entering the twilight years of his Real Madrid career. The Spanish sensation could help Ancelotti’s side maintain their dominance in both domestic and European football. Hence, the Madrid giants should think about launching a move to acquire the services of Gaya in this off-season.

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