Manchester United have entered ’into the bidding’ for Real Madrid youngster Álex Jiménez, but the Spanish side are fighting for the 16-year-old.

That’s according to AS, who say Madrid have closed a new deal with the defender to keep him at the club until 2027.

They report that Madrid yesterday closed one of their more ‘ambitious’ deals in the history of the club’s youth setup, La Fábrica Blanca.

They have ‘secured’ the long term continuity of Jiménez, who has signed a new deal until 2027 and which ‘eliminated’ the interest from elsewhere.

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Several big clubs in Europe had all shown an interest in the right-back, with Chelsea and Bayern Munich showing a ‘strong interest’ and Manchester United ‘also in the bidding’ for his signature.

He’s now set to start next season at Castilla, and Madrid’s plan is for him to be their number two in the first-team squad in the future when Carvajal makes his way.

He has a lot of development to do before that point, of course, but there is plenty of excitement about his future, as shown by the interest from the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern.

Perhaps those clubs will make another effort for him in the future should he develop as expected, but for now, it seems he will be staying in Madrid.