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Real Madrid are reportedly desperate to stop Oscar Rodriguez from joining Barcelona or Chelsea with his contract due to expire this summer.
Oscar has risen through the Spanish giants’ ranks since joining their academy back in 2009.
And he made his first-team debut earlier this season when Real took on Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey.
Oscar is out of contract at the end of June though and that means he could walk away from the Bernabeu for nothing.
However, the latest reports from Spain suggest Real are prepared to fight tooth and nail to keep the 19-year-old out of Barcelona and Chelsea’s clutches.
According to Don Balon, Barcelona and Chelsea have been keeping tabs on Oscar as he’s developed.
And they’re both prepared to offer him a route away from Real’s B team if he fancies moving on to pastures new.
Real are apparently set to do everything in their power to retain Oscar’s services.
But news of an agreement on fresh terms not being imminent will come as a boost to Barcelona and Chelsea.
Real have high hopes for Oscar and have talked him up on their official website.
“A fierce competitor with a winning mentality,” his profile reads.
“A player who has proven himself an on-field leader since his arrival at the club in 2009, he is an attacking midfielder with goalscoring ability who has no problem dropping deep to receive the ball.
“His good physical attributes enable him to take part in the build-up play before getting himself into a position to finish off the move in front of goal.
“He is technically accomplished and displays a keen competitive instinct out on the field.”
Whether Real will be able to keep hold of Oscar as Barcelona and Chelsea circle remains to be seen though.