Leeds United and Arsenal have both reportedly failed in attempts to sign talented Real Madrid midfielder Cesar Gelabert this summer.
That is according to a report from AG Deportes, who claim the player has decided he wants to remain with the Spanish giants for the time being to continue his progress.
Leeds and Arsenal are said to have enquired about the 19-year-old playmaker, along with the likes of Atalanta, Real Sociedad, Valencia, and Levante.
However, most of the interest centred around permanent deals, something neither Gelabart or Real Madrid were interested in sanctioning.
As for a loan deal, both parties have also decided it is best for Gelabert that he remains at Real Madrid and will likely be a key player for their Castilla team this season.
Leeds signing Gelabert would have followed their policy of bringing in top talents for their under-23 team who can easily subsidise the first-team. Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood, and Crysencio Summerville have all joined Leeds this summer under such circumstances.
Arsenal have been linked with Gelabert before. AS reported in April that Arsenal were keen on the player.
However, Real Madrid clearly see Gelabert as a potential future star. Zinedine Zidane spoke warmly of the player back in 2018, suggesting he was already on his radar.
“It’s important to talk about the youth players, who are the future of Real Madrid,” Zidane told AS. “He is a very good player, very adventurous on the ball.”
So it seems both Premier League sides will come up short in their pursuit of Gelabert and the 19-year-old will now be looking to force his way into the first-team set-up at the Bernabeu.