Feyenoord striker Santiago Gimenez has admitted that he would be keen to play for Real Madrid in the future, having become one of the hottest emerging forwards in Europe.
The Mexico international arrived at Feyenoord from Cruz Azul in 2022 and hit 15 Eredivisie goals last season as the Rotterdam club claimed only their second Dutch title this century.
Remarkably, Gimenez already has ten league goals to his name in only seven appearances so far in 2023/24. That puts the 22-year-old on course to become the first player to score 30 or more Eredivisie goals in a season since Wilfried Bony did so with Vitesse Arnhem in 2012/13.
Those kinds of numbers have brought significant media and fan attention on Gimenez.
Certainly, one major club that is sorely in need of a prolific striker is Real Madrid. Veteran loanee Joselu is the only recognised central forward in the senior squad this season following the departure of Karim Benzema during the summer. Wingers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo have been tasked with plugging the gaps, while midfielder Jude Bellingham is the current top scorer.
Madrid are widely expected to land Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer in 2024 when his Paris Saint-Germain contract expires, although it will take more than just one player to boost what is currently an area of the pitch lacking in sufficient bodies.
«I'd be delighted to play for Real Madrid. Of course. It's a super big club,» Gimenez told Spanish journalistElisa Lasso this week when pressed on his future.
There has already been significant interest in Gimenez for several months. reported back in April that Leicester, then a Premier League club, Aston Villa, Brentford, Brighton and Crystal Palace were all keeping a close on the player. Napoli, Lille andRead on 90min.com