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Álex Jiménez; the Madrid wonder boy in Milan

Emmanuel Adjetey

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For Álex Jiménez, January 2, 2024, will always be a memorable day. his football career debut. Milan included. in San Siro. ‘La Scala del Calcio’ was overjoyed as well. Despite having played on the right side of the field in the past, the Talavera native has lived up to expectations as a left back. He has spent the entire season, and he has shown that he is prepared for the highest level in that position.

“A dream day for me, making my debut as a starter in this great club and in one of the football fields with the most history… I want to thank the club and the coach for the trust placed in me,” he posted on Instagram.

Alongside Spanish players David Rodríguez and Ignazio Abate in the Primavera and Youth League, he is one of the numerous jewels that shine. Alongside Álex, Chaka Traoré, Simic, Zeroli, Bartesaghi, and Camarda made their debuts. Álex has played more U20 matches in Italy than anyone else this season.

Delayed debut and comparison with Leao and Pulisic

Due to unforeseen circumstances in a few matches, Jiménez’s first team debut for Milan has taken a bit longer than anticipated. However, since the end of September, the Spaniard has been routinely training with the first team. There, he is marked by two daggers similar to Leao or Pulisic.

Álex on Milan’s radar for a while

Milan’s scouts had been keeping an eye on Álex for a number of years, and this summer they ‘tied him up’ when his exit from Real Madrid was officially announced. Geoffrey Moncada’s personal wager, seen through Milan’s eyes, which are used to scouting all over Europe for fresh talent.

 

Mentality too strong for an 18 year old

According to those that collaborate with him, Álex possesses a mindset, remarkably adult for a boy of eighteen. They clarify, “You can’t talk to him when he loses.” He is extremely hungry and constantly wants to play and win. And in the Coppa Italia, he demonstrated it against Cagliari.

An almost flawless match up versus the perpetually elusive Luvumbo. He was somewhat eclipsed only by Luka Jovic’s (two goals) and Theo Hernández’s (two assists) performance.

What the future holds

Regarding his future, everything is clear. He is on loan from Real Madrid, but there is a roughly 5 million euro buyout option. For the time being, Milan is pretty clear: they are happy. at Pioli’s crew and at the club. Real Madrid watches, as it typically does, with the opportunity to buy it back. An operation akin to the one performed in Milanello on Brahim Díaz.

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