Real to retain young guns
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Club president Florentino Perez has instructed sporting director Jorge Valdano to ignore any offers for rising stars like Raul Bravo and Javier Portillo.
Bravo is rumoured to be on the wish-list of Internazionale and Premiership Leeds United.
The youngster is set for a huge future in the game, but has been unable to get regular first-team action as he is behind Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos in the Real pecking order.
Another Madrid wonderkid, Portillo, has been the subject of much interest from La Liga rivals Valladolid.
The 20-year-old has made clear his desire for an extended taste of first-team action even if it meant him leaving the reigning European champions.
However, 'los meringues' have now quashed any possibility of the duo heading for the Bernabeu exit-door, and have instead resolved to move on several other members of their star-studded squad to ease their financial deficit.
Albert Celades, Fernando Morientes, Steve McManaman, Santiago Solari and Tote have all been told they can leave the club, as Real need to recoup around é¼10 million.