According to El Mundo Deportivo, rojiblanco manager Quique Sánchez Flores has informed central defender Jorge Pulido that he would like to keep him on the first team. Quique has been observing the youngster’s work in pre-season training, and is impressed with what he’s seen thus far.
Despite not having played a single minute in any of the club’s pre-season exhibitions, Puli has won over the faith of his coach. The canterano defender returned to Madrid after having stood out in the Spanish U19 squad that finished second at the UEFA European Championships.
The former Atlético B full-back is coveted throughout the Primera División. It is young Jorge’s decision whether he would prefer a loan move to another team in order to get a regular starting spot, or fight for minutes at the Vicente Calderón in order to play for his boyhood club.
The 19 year-old, who is widely tipped to be a future star of the full national team, will have a tough job getting minutes with los Colchoneros this season, a side which currently has more defenders than it knows what to do with.
Ujfalusi and Valera will primarily be responsible for covering the right back position, with the Czech international expected to have the greater share of playing time. Centre backs Godín and Domínguez are the undisputed starters in the middle, with Perea, Juanito and Pulido their replacements.
The forgotten Juanito remains likely to leave the club, and if he does, Jorge will instantly assume greater responsibility.