The operation out of Madrid is ongoing. Luca Zidane has become the eighth white player on Tuesday who packs his bags so far in the market. While much of the group was riding on a plane to go to Montreal, a place chosen by Madrid to start the preseason, the goalkeeper arrived in Santander to finish closing his entry to Racing, where he will play the next season on loan.
The young goalkeeper, 21, will start his first adventure away from Concha Espina in a club that less than a month ago sealed his return to the Second Division. A priori, a step back with the intention of taking momentum and start showing that you are ready to carve a niche in the elite. If he had stayed, he was destined to continue occupying a secondary position, in the shadow of Thibaut Courtois and of Keylor Navas, whose high salary closes the exit door.
The last two seasons alternated ownership with Castilla, with whom he played 49 games in Second Division B, with ascents to the first team as third goalkeeper. In his only two games with Madrid, against Villarreal in 2018 and Huesca in 2019, he conceded four goals, two in each game. Always questioned and subjected to a demanding scrutiny for being the son of the current coach, will seek in the Cantabrian capital, away from the spotlight, demonstrate their virtues under sticks and enjoy the minutes of those who could not enjoy the first white team.
In his debut with the first team, in 2018, Luca Zidane already wanted to make his position clear. "When I play, I'm Luca, not Zidane", declared then, wanting to leave behind the repercussion of his surname. A weight that has tried to get rid of at all times. As an example of this, his shirt only shows his first name and on the website of the white club he appears as Luca Fernández, surname of his mother.
Luca starts an adventure in which he will not have it easy to take over the starting position. In the Racing you will find the competition of Ivan Crespo, captain and undisputed owner of the Cantabrian goal during the last three seasons, which has become a reference for the fans.
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