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Former Derby County loanee Omar Mascarell looks set to rejoin Real Madrid

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Former Derby County loanee Omar Mascarell looks set to rejoin Real Madrid

The Spaniard spent one season on loan at Championship side Derby County.

Back in the summer of 2014, Derby County completed an eye-catching swoop on Real Madrid.

Spanish midfielder Omar Mascarell arrived on a season-long loan deal from the Bernabeu.

It certainly captured the fans attention. A player from the mighty Real Madrid heading to Derby?

But Mascarell was a youngster, just 21 at the time, and Los Merengues were hoping a spell in England would help Mascarell’s development.

During his time at Pride Park, the Spaniard showed glimpses of his ability. He featured 30 times for the club overall and looked a decent player before a tendon injury in the March ended his season early.

He returned to Real, but not for long. After a spell on loan at Sporting Gijon, he was sold to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in 2016.

Derby fans have likely not given him much thought since. But now, it seems he is returning to Real Madrid.

As reported by Marca, the 25-year-old midfielder is re-joining Real in the summer. The Spanish giants will exercise a buy-back clause in his Frankfurt deal of around €4 million (£3.5 million).

He had an excellent season with Frankfurt last term, which must be the reason behind the move. His 2017-18 campaign has been far less impressive, featuring just five times in the Bundesliga after Achilles tendon surgery in the summer.

Derby County fans will, of course, remember Mascarell fondly but will be surprised to hear that Real Madrid are bringing him back. As talented as he was, being a regular at the Bernabeu certainly did not look like being in his future when in the East Midlands.

But no Derby fan will begrudge him any future success in the Spanish capital. If he can become a fully-fledged member of the Real squad, then the Rams can certainly take their fair share of the credit in developing the defensive midfielder.

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