Monday, February 11, 2008

Real Madrid Eyeing Hibs Starlet

Real Madrid have confirmed that they are watching Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher and could make a €5m offer at the end of the season for his services.

Los Merengues' chief scout, Julen Lopetegui, revealed that the highly-rated Scottish starlet is one of a number of gifted youngsters the club are tracking.

Fletcher, 20, has only recently been rewarded with a new six-year contract at Hibs, but Madrid could buy that out if they really want him, according to the Daily Telegraph.

"He is now one of ten young players we are watching across Europe. It's a complicated process and we know it will be a hard choice," Lopetegui explained.

A number of Premiership clubs are also said to be watching his progress, while Fletcher has already gained interantional recognition.

Spain's Under-21 coach, Iñaki Saez, was impressed with the player at the Under-19 European Championships two years ago and is well aware of his talent.

"During the last couple of years the level of young players in Scotland has increased," said Saez.

"Fletcher is proof of that. He has a big future and I can't understand why he isn't playing for Celtic or Rangers.

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