The Mirror are reporting that Real Madrid will make a move for Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar during the January transfer window as a like-for-like replacement for injured centre back Pepe. Cuellar has settled into life at Villa Park after a shaky start following his £8 million move from Rangers and is now an important part of the first team. His performances have been so impressive that he’s reportedly caught the eye of Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque – alongside Real staff.
Cuellar was born in Madrid and, like most Spanish players, would surely be very interested in a move to Real after hearing of their interest. It would be the dream move of a career which has continued rising, seeing Cuellar through the tougher days at Numancia and Osasuna to a fine spell at Rangers before his move to Villa where, unlike many others including Jean-Alain Boumsong, he has proven capable of stepping up from the SPL to the Premiership.
Martin Laursen’s retirement in the summer has proven the perfect opportunity for Cuellar to establish himself next to Richard Dunne in the heart of Villa’s defence and 2010 could prove to be a fantastic year for him with an international role and a big move possibly ahead. To think that he could be a Spain star at the World Cup and a Real Madrid player will surely drive Cuellar on to keep performing.
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