Real Madrid look set to keep new boy Rodrygo at the Bernabeu this season with the futures of Gareth Bale and PSG forward Neymar still unclear.
Rodrygo arrived in Madrid earlier this summer for around £40m from Brazilian side Santos.
The 18-year-old is viewed as a future superstar, but is unproven in Europe.
Nevertheless, despite his relative youth, he bagged 17 goals in 80 games for Santos.
Speculation was building that he could be loaned out this term to gain further experience.
But according to Spanish daily AS , Real have made the bold decision to keep him in Madrid.
It’s suggested Zinedine Zidane refused to let him join Espanyol on a temporary deal last week.
The French chief’s decision to retain Rodrygo’s services comes against the backdrop of transfer sagas surrounding Bale and Neymar.
Bale had looked a nailed on departure from the Bernabeu earlier this summer.
In a sensational July press conference, Zidane didn’t hold back.
“We hope he leaves soon,” he ranted. “It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.”
Zidane was left with his egg on his face, though.
A lucrative move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning collapsed over cash wrangles.
Zidane has now publicly claimed Bale is welcome to stay, but whether that’s for the long term remains to be seen.
“It’s true that a lot was said about him, by me as well, but he is going to stay,” Zidane said.
“He is a great player, he has shown that before and he has to show it again. He has to be the player we know that he is.”
Neymar, meanwhile, is still firmly on Real’s radar – but getting a deal over the line as the clock ticks won’t be easy.
Barcelona are also serious suitors and reports have suggested that a move back to the Nou Camp is Neymar’s preference.
PSG are determined to recoup all of the staggering £199m fee they paid for the Brazil international two years ago.
Real really need to sell before they can buy again, but they aren’t as financially constrained as Barca.
The Catalans needed a bank loan to get a £108m deal for Antoine Griezmann over the line.