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Real Madrid: Brahim searching to catch Zidane's eye

After refusing the chance to go out on loan in this January window, the Málaga-born lad will likely get more Copa minutes to impress the boss.

Real Madrid: Brahim searching to catch Zidane's eye
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Brahim Díaz has another opportunity against Zaragoza to demonstrate to Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane that he is worth his place in the first team squad. In fact, the Copa del Rey has proven to be a useful competition for doing just that.

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Copa could make Brahim's day

Despite the club suggesting that it was the right step to take, Brahim chose to refuse a loan move away from the Spanish capital and instead wanted to stay and fight for his place. Getting minutes on the pitch, though, has not been easy.

Taking chances | Brahim and the Real Madrid boys.

Taking chances | Brahim and the Real Madrid boys.

Against Unionistas in the last round of the domestic cup he was handed 37 minutes. That was enough to see him provide an assist and bag a goal himself. Clearly the level of opposition was taken into account but he, at least, showed signs that he had something to give. His previous 40 minutes were shared out over four matches and bore no fruit.

Zidane has, as expected, shuffled his pack, but still has Vinicius and Lucas Vázquez ahead of Brahim who must, once again, wait for his chance in the second half.

The former Manchester City player stayed with Los Blancos playing the long game. He knows that opportunities are likely to arise, whether making cameo appearances, or due to injuries in areas where he can provide a solution. He believes that his time will come and tonight's clash may be just that.

The player, beyond his objectives with Madrid, also has aspirations to be on the place to the Olympic Games in the summer with the Spanish team. This is a complicated ask for the 18-year old, with plenty of competition for places, and he knows that minutes under Zidane are a must, and for that he must prove himself when it appears.