Aleix Febas, now 23-years-old, has spent the last two seasons in the Segunda playing for Real Zaragoza and Albacete respectively. Febas was one of the jewels of Madrid’s youth academy and was one of the corner-stones in the center of midfield to Zidane and Luis Miguel Ramis’ Castilla sides. According to a report in Marca, the diminutive box to box midfielder will now make the step up to La Liga after agreeing to a transfer to newly promoted Real Mallorca. The player was recently selected in the Segunda team of the year and stressed in an interview his belief that he is ready for the step up to La Liga.
All that is lacking is the official communication from both clubs. The fee has yet to be disclosed, but Madrid will hold a 50% sell-on clause for any future transfer of the player. A deal similar to that struck with Espanyol during the transfer of Mario Hermoso. Febas will be familiar with Mallorca as it was his Albacete team that narrowly missed out on promotion after losing to Mallorca in the play-offs. Not only was Real Mallorca interested in Febas, but Levante and Granada had both enquired and placed offers on the table.
Given the plethora of options in the center of the park: Modric, Kroos, Casemiro, Valverde, Ceballos, and potentially Pogba or Eriksen, there would be no place for Febas. The move is a logical next step. If he were to emerge as a star in La Liga over the next couple of years and the squad make-up of Real Madrid shifted, then there could be a role for him in the future, thus the security founded by placing the sell-on clause in his new contract. Febas will be yet another Real Madrid youth product strutting their stuff in one of the world’s best leagues.