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Zinedine Zidane a big fan of reported Leeds United transfer target Raul De Tomas

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Zinedine Zidane a big fan of reported Leeds United transfer target Raul De Tomas

Leeds United are reportedly in the race for Espanyol striker Raul De Tomas, according to reports. 

Leeds are looking for another striker to support Patrick Bamford in attack and have identified the Spaniard as a perfectly perfect option to do just that. 

Diario AS is reporting that De Tomas would carry a £20 million price-tag and a potential £100,000-a-week wage, but considering how highly thought of De Tomas is by some high-profile names in the game, it would be an eye-catching addition. 

De Tomas came through the youth academy at Real Madrid and thrived in loan spells at Cordoba, Real Valladolid, Rayo Vallecano during his time at the club. During the latter loan spell, the 25-year-old scored 38 goals in 66 games. 

During that period Real Madrid manager and French football legend Zinedine Zidane was attentive to De Tomas’ progress. 

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In April 2019, as De Tomas reached the end of his loan spell, Los Merengues’ boss spoke highly of a player he had previously coached for Real Madrid’s Castilla team. 

 

“He’s a player that I coached when he was with Castilla and he’s got no shortage of talent,” Zidane told the official Real Madrid website. “Perhaps what he was missing was the opportunity to play for a top-flight team and he’s doing very well and has scored a lot of goals this season. He links up well with his teammates, knows how to play good football and I’m really happy for him. I got on well with him during my time in charge of Castilla”.

At the same time, it was reported by AS that Zidane was ready to give De Tomas a chance to be the main back-up to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu. 

However, De Tomas ended up heading to Benfica, where he endured a difficult spell before his January move to Espanyol. 

In Barcelona, he scored five goals in his first five games for the club but has not scored since as Espanyol failed to win any of their final 10 games and suffered relegation to the Spanish second-tier. 

That has alerted Leeds to his potential availability and they would be securing a player who clearly caught the eye of Zidane during his time at Real Madrid. 

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