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Luca Zidane pleased to seal loan move out of Real Madrid

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Luca Zidane “couldn’t be happier” to complete a season-long loan deal at Racing Santander after struggling for opportunities at Real Madrid.

Zidane is a product of Real’s youth academy and made his first-team debut in a 2-2 La Liga draw with Villarreal in May 2018. Since then, however, he’s only made one more appearance over the past year.

The 21-year-old has, instead, found himself demoted to being Real’s fourth-choice goalkeeper behind Thibaut Courtois, Keylor Navas and the highly rated Andriy Lunin – who is a year younger than Zidane.

The France U-20 international has, therefore, decided to spend next season in Spain’s second tier attempting to help Racing seal a return to La Liga after a seven-year absence.

While life in Santander will hardly be as glamorous as Madrid, Zidane is relishing his new opportunity.

“I want to grow as a footballer at a historic club,” said Zidane, according to Stadium Astro.

“I couldn’t be happier or more excited about this new chapter I’m starting.

“It’s going to be good for me to leave Real Madrid [the club] and Madrid [the city], to get to know a new team and a new place.

“Every day I will seek to improve, to grow, to take steps forward and I think Racing is the best possible place to do that.”

Both of the youngster’s matches in goal for Real were under his father and current head coach, Zinedine Zidane.

He becomes the eighth player to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer following the departures of Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Llorente, Raul de Tomas, Theo Hernandez, Jorge de Frutos, Sergio Reguilon and Martin Odegaard.

Zidane’s first game for Racing could be against La Liga side Real Sociedad in a pre-season friendly on July 20.

MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 31: Luca Zidane of Real Madrid warms up ahead of the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and SD Huesca at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 31, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)