Archibald keen to finalise plans

Real Madrid have no intention of allowing promising winger Jese

Rodriguez to leave the club this summer.

The 20-year-old is a product of the famed academy system at

Santiago Bernabeu and has caught the eye for Real’s ‘B’ side.

He has figured in the senior set-up, but faces intense

competition for places in creative berths.

Jese himself has admitted in the recent past that he was unsure

what the future held for him in the Spanish capital, as speculation

linked him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Real are, however, reluctant to see players of potential slip

through their grasp.

Jese has just one year remaining on his current contract but,

after starring at the U20 World Cup for Spain, will be given every

opportunity to prove he is deserving of an extension in


Real’s technical director Miguel Pardez said: “Jese will be

staying with us.

“He forms part of a brilliant generation and has already shown

what he can do with Castilla.”

Club president Florentino Perez said earlier in the week: “I

have a feeling that (Zinedine) Zidane wants him to stay with


Archibald is closing in on a number of deals ahead of the new


Former Dundee United midfielder Mark Kerr is set to be offered a

contract after scoring a 30-yard effort in Saturday’s 4-3 friendly

win at Dumbarton, which also featured another Thistle trialist.

Archibald is also aiming to sign Gary Fraser on loan after the

19-year-old midfielder joined Bolton from Hamilton.

“I’ve got until the end of August to try and get things sorted

but I really want to get things sorted as quickly as possible,” he

told his club’s official website.

“We are always on the lookout for players and it wouldn’t be a

surprise if there were a couple of more trialists in Tuesday’s game

with Livingston.”

Archibald is looking to strengthen in central defence and was

encouraged by his latest unnamed trialist.

“I thought the lad did well,” he said. “I thought he acquitted

himself well. He hasn’t had any pre-season and he only arrived late

on Thursday and he only had one training session with us.”

Archibald added: “We’re speaking to Bolton about bringing Gary

Fraser in on loan and we are probably going to offer Mark Kerr a


“He’s done really well and he is the right type to come in and

enhance our midfield. We had a bit of an injury crisis in midfield

towards the end of last season and that left us a bit short and it

is an area that we need to be well covered in.

“So we will offer Mark something and we will see where things

take us with Gary Fraser.”