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Alleged Leeds United target Lucas Vazquez wants a pay rise at Real Madrid after rejecting the La Liga champions’ first contract offer, as reported by Defensa Central.

How things have changed.

Only a few months ago, it looked for all the world that this would be Vazquez’s final season at the Santiago Bernabeu, with his current contract due to expire in the summer of 2021.

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But it speaks volumes about how the 29-year-old has performed this season that, with just six months until he becomes a free agent, Real Madrid are desperate to tie down a player who is certainly more Pavon than Zidane.

Vazquez, the spring-heeled, industrious and eternally-underrated wideman, has been a revelation in a new right-back role, producing outstanding displays against the likes of Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

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According to DC, the Spain international expects to be rewarded for his stellar displays with a substantial pay rise.

Marca claimed earlier this week that Vazquez has rejected Real’s first offer, standing firm on his demands. He is in a position of strength too; Vazquez has never been more integral to Zidane’s plans and knows that Los Blancos are desperate to keep him.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, meanwhile, will be watching developments closely. The Argentine tends to build his teams around hard-working, versatile players with technique and tenacity in equal measure.

Vazquez, in that sense, is pretty-much tailor-made for Bielsa’s Leeds.

DC adds that the enigmatic Argentine has asked the Premier League high-flyers to lure Vazquez to Elland Road. And what Bielsa wants, he very often gets.

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