A year ago, Bayer Leverkusen took control of one of the greatest jewels of Spanish football. Iker Bravo left La Masia at the age of 16 to join the aspirin team. A year later, Spain is working on his return. AS has already reported that several foreign and LaLiga clubs are following in his footsteps, including Atleti. In fact, Andrea Berta has already contacted the German club to open negotiations. Well, they meet a new team attentive to the situation, Real Madrid. There will be a battle for the Spanish international (he has already debuted with the U-19 and played the last U-17 European Championship) and it is being considered, as several media outlets point out, an assignment with an option to buy as a key to unlock the operation.
Gerardo Seoane, Bayer’s Swiss coach of Spanish descent, has acknowledged in statements collected by kicker, where they also echo the interest of the whites in the striker, that, although he would like to continue counting on him, the way out is on the table: “We have had conversations with him. I would love for him to stay, but if the club and the players feel that another solution would be for his development at this time, you have to think about it.”. “A footballer can only break through when he feels at home, happy, when one feels alone…”, adds Seoane, before reiterating: “It’s not that we don’t love the player, we believe he can break through”. Of course, in case of leaving, he suggests that in the offices of the Bay Arena they should reach an agreement that does not imply the total disassociation of the battering ram: “I think we are not going to give up our cards, but that is not my job”. And he insists: “We have faith in the player and we trust in his qualities”.
The footballer born in Sant Cugat del Vallès (January 13, 2005) is a star project who, in his first and so far only year in Germany, has shown his potential. While Seoane has shown his confidence in his abilities, as he hinted in his statements. In November, in a match against Hertha Berlin, he became in the third youngest footballer to debut in the Bundesliga. Days before he had already done it in the Cup. Hence, as AS has learned, in Leverkusen they do not question his performance, on the contrary. Nevertheless, they have an important handicap when it comes to convincing the player: the absence of a subsidiary. In 2014, Bayer Leverkusen II disintegrated, betting from the club to promote the youth sections.
last course, Bravo scored ten goals and distributed three assists between the U-17 and U-19 sections, participating in a goal every 106 minutes. The latter is the previous step to the first team and could fall short. Moreover, in the first friendly of Die Werkself this preseason, our protagonist was a starter and scored a ‘hat-trick’ to Duisburg of the German third. He feels ready to leave formative football and here the figure of Madrid appears. Through Castilla they could guarantee that jump and to be closer to the elite (his goal when he left Barça).
At Leverkusen they have put together a powerful team to compete in the Champions League next season and they cannot promise him a place with the elders. There are a lot of competition in the attacking front with Patrik Schick, Serdar Azmoun or the promising Adam Hlozek, so that the ceiling, in addition to sporadic appearances, would be in the U-19. Instead, under Raúl’s orders, he would be part of a project that aims to be promoted to LaLiga Smartbank. From the white club they have made an effort to maintain the backbone of the previous year (Arribas, Dotor and Latasa), with the signings of Noel López and Álvaro Leiva as a complement. Iker Bravo could round out the squad.
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