Breaking: Real Madrid sign Spain Under-19 midfielder Ivan Morante

Villarreal midfielder Ivan Morante
Villarreal midfielder Ivan Morante has moved to Real Madrid.

Real Madrid have signed Spain Under-19 midfielder Ivan Morante from Villarreal.

The 18-year-old, who started his career at Club Deportivo Ejido de Leon, has represented Spain at Under-17, U-18, and U-19 level and scored one goal. Morante has also played in friendly games for Spain U-20s.

Morante, who is a central midfielder, has played for Villarreal B in Spain’s Segunda B and has been compared to two of the club’s celebrated former academy players, Bruno Soriano and Rodri.

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He will now represent Los Blancos’ youth team, Castilla, in the same category and be coached by Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez, although he is also eligible the Juvenil A side as well.

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According to reports in Spain, Morante was also being tracked by Barcelona and Manchester City in a deal worth around €7.1m (£6m).

The youngster is the second 18-year-old midfielder signed by Madrid this month, following the arrival of Flamengo’s talented Copa Libertadores winner Reinier Jesus earlier in January.

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