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Leicester’s Tielemans tracked by La Liga giants Real Madrid

Arguably one of the most highly-rated central midfield players in the Premier League, Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans has reportedly emerged as a major transfer target for Real Madrid. 

Over the last couple of seasons, since his move to the Foxes, Tielemans has established himself as one of the club’s most important players and was instrumental in their FA Cup victory over Chelsea last season, having netted the only goal of the match.

Leicester’s Tielemans tracked by La Liga giants Real Madrid

Also voted the club’s Player of the Season, the 24-year-old still has a lot of potential and his ability to play virtually anywhere in midfield makes him invaluable to the club.

Why are Real Madrid keen?

Despite being persistently linked with a move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, for Los Blancos’ boss Carlo Ancelotti, Tielemans represents less of a risk, especially in terms of temperament. 

Added to that, the Belgian is likely to come at a much lower price tag than they would expect to pay for Pogba, with the Foxes likely to demand in the region of £60 million. Ancelotti though, especially appears to be unconvinced by Brazilian Casemiro, who was a regular under former manager Zinedine Zidane.

It is understood that Real would include the player in the deal that would see Tielemans arrive in the Spanish capital, however, there are no guarantees that he would accept, while Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers might not be keen either.

Tielemans would certainly provide Real Madrid with much-needed steel in the centre of the park, having demonstrated that he can do a job in the midfield anchorman role. However, his relentless energy in addition to possessing impressive long-range shooting ability could also be appealing to Ancelotti.

Too good to turn down?

Tielemans will of course be aware that there are some players who simply do not cut it at Real Madrid and are often sold after just one season which means he will want to consider his decision carefully.

This could also hinge on whether Leicester secure Champions League qualification this season, which could be just enough to convince him to stay for at least another couple of campaigns.

Many players though, dream of playing for Real Madrid and the chance to play alongside star names could swing it for the Belgian.