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Real Madrid Are Facing Stiff Competition For This La Liga Starlet: Is He Worth The Fight?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Sport mentioned that Real Madrid are facing stiff competition for Celta de Vigo starlet Gabri Veiga this summer. It has been claimed that Los Blancos will have to rival Manchester City, Liverpool and Napoli in the race to land the Spanish talent.

Veiga’s Impressive Numbers In Spanish Football

Veiga enjoyed a decent campaign at the Spanish club as he put in a run of impressive displays for them at the centre of the park. The 21-year-old banged in 11 goals and grabbed four assists in 36 matches for Celta Vigo last season on all fronts.

The Porrino-born talent caught the eye with his performances for the Spanish outfit based on his average of 1.7 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball from midfield after completing 76.9% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Spanish club will run out in the summer of 2026. Thus, it won’t be easy for Los Blancos to arrange a cut-price move for him in this off-season.

Gabri Veiga
VIGO, SPAIN – JUNE 04: Gabri Veiga of RC Celta celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the LaLiga Santander match between RC Celta and FC Barcelona at Estadio Balaidos on June 04, 2023 in Vigo, Spain. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Real Madrid Are Facing Stiff Competition For Veiga: Is He Worth The Fight?

Veiga is proficient at finding a yard of space for himself to get a few strikes in on-target. He has got the vision to engineer a few decent chances for others around him in the opposition half.

The Spanish prospect is a good dribbler with the ball as well when he is playing well on the pitch. However, he needs to find a way to improve the defensive side of his game.

Veiga is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also fill in as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder if asked to do so by his manager.

The Spanish whizkid is already good enough to fight for a regular starting spot in Carlo Ancelotti‘s first XI at Real Madrid. At 21, Veiga has got the potential to become one of the best players in his position someday. Hence, Los Blancos would be wise to go all out to land the Celta Vigo youngster before the end of this transfer window as he will be well worth the fight in the long run.

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