Lamine Yamal set for Barcelona stay

 Lamine Yamal is reportedly on the verge of committing his long-term future to Barcelona after Real Madrid showed interest in him.

According to a report by Spanish outlet MARCA, Lamine Yamal is not going anywhere. The 15-year-old will sign a long-term contract with Barcelona when he turns 16. Meanwhile, the teenage sensation was the subject of interest from Real Madrid over a surprise move in the coming months.

Lamine Yamal is a native of Esplugues de Llobregat in Spain. He joined Barcelona’s famous La Masia Academy as a five-year-old in 2012 before rapidly rising through the ranks in the past decade. And after establishing a foothold in Barcelona Atletic, he has risen to the first-team squad.

The 15-year-old made his first-team debut for Barcelona this past weekend against Real Betis. And in doing so, he became the youngest-ever player in Barcelona’s history. But recent reports claimed that Real Madrid wanted to prise the teenage sensation away from Barcelona.

The reigning La Liga champions have a rich history of producing world-class players, especially in recent years. Florentino Perez, in particular, has driven the youth-centric approach in the past decade. And that has helped Real Madrid groom current stars like Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, and Federico Valverde.

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The Merengues remain in the market for more prodigious prospects while having sealed the agreement to sign Endrick. And recent reports have linked Real Madrid with several other prospects. Lamine Yamal also emerged as a target for Los Blancos, who wanted to hand Barcelona a blow by landing the 15-year-old.

A right-winger by trade, the teenage sensation could have competed with Rodrygo on the right flank. But Yamal has decided to commit his long-term future to Barcelona instead of leaving the Catalan club. And he will sign a professional contract with the Blaugrana once he turns 16.

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Interestingly, Jorge Mendes represents the 15-year-old wonderkid. And with the Portuguese super-agent sharing a healthy working relationship with Barcelona, it is hardly surprising that renewal is on the cards. Meanwhile, Real Madrid might not fret, with Marco Asensio on the cusp of signing a new contract.

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