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
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.”