real Madrid thinking about move for Villarreal’s Pedraza
Real Madrid are monitoring Villarreal’s Spain under-21 winger Alfonso Pedraza, AS comprehends, with a view to strengthening their choices on the left.
Pedraza, 22, is a naturally left-sided forward, but he has been used by Yellow Submarine boss Javi Calleja as a left back on a few events this season and Madrid see the possibility to change over him into a world class player in that situation as a long haul successor to Marcelo. Under the terms of his current contract, Madrid would need to pay 22 million euros to trigger his release clause.
Pedraza is a Spain under-21 international and a product of Villarreal’s academy with a physical presence that belies his age, speed and an eye for objective as he demonstrated with a fine strike against Levante a weekend ago.
Although he is still learning the position, he has shown enough natural understanding of the role to convince Madrid that he can turn into a master with enough amusements added to his repertoire. Calleja also agrees and has tipped Pedraza to eventually occupy the left of the senior Spain protection.
Pedraza tipped for Spain senior job
It was with La Roja’s junior ranks that Pedraza came to the wider world’s attention. In 2015, while still in Villarreal’s childhood positions, he won the under-19 European Championship and he is currently an apparatus in the under-21s and a player very much on the radar of Spain boss Luis Enrique.
During the last international break Pedraza trained with the senior squad as a left back while Celta’s Jonny was unavailable. Madrid are additionally empowered by the reality the Pedraza was a partner in the youngsters of Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos, Jesús Vallejo and Borja Mayoral.
Pedraza returned to Villarreal last summer after a successful loan spell at Alavés, where he scored four and given six aids 37 diversions.