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MADRID YOUNGSTER SET FOR LOAN

Real Madrid youngster Antonio Blanco could leave the former European champions for another Spanish La Liga outfit on loan. This is according to the transfer report from the stables of Spanish media outlet Fichajes which revealed that Getafe want to take him on a six-month loan deal until the end of the season.

21-year-old Blanco has been in the Real Madrid setup since 2013 when he joined the club from Seneca. The Getafe target has developed through the ranks at Real Madrid and has established himself as a key player for the Castilla side managed by club legend Raul Gonzalez. He has played 47 times for the Real Madrid Castilla, with an attacking return of one goal and three assists.

Blanco made his Real Madrid first team debut in April while Frenchman Zinedine Zidane was still the manager. He has since been replaced by Italian tactician Ancelotti after stepping down in the summer due to the lack of support from the Real Madrid board.

Zidane handed Blanco his debut during the Getafe game which ended in a goalless draw. Since his debut in April, the young midfielder has played five times with two coming under the new Carlo Ancelotti managerial dispensation this season. He has featured for a total of 36 minutes this season.

Blanco has been capped once by the Spanish senior national team and he has a lot of midfielders to contend with in a bid to secure playing time. Blanco is behind the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, summer signing Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and Casemiro in the pecking order as far as the Real Madrid midfield is concerned. To this effect, Real Madrid officials are looking at the possibility of sending him on loan for the rest of the season so as to aid his development.