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Jack Wilshere has emerged as a long-term target for Real Madrid.

The Arsenal and England midfielder is on a five-man short-list of players the Spanish giants want in their colours by 2014.

Wilshere is under contract until 2015, and last week the 19-year-old was quoted as saying he would stay with the Gunners for the rest of his career.

Spanish paper Marca, which is seen as a mouthpiece for Real, has run a story that the Bernabeu side want to sign Europe’s best young players for fees around the £25million mark rather than go for proven mega-stars.

Real smashed the transfer record to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for £80m from Manchester United two years ago, but now the club’s hierarchy want to sign younger talents and mould them into their style.

Bayern Munich defender Rafinha, Athletic Bilbao winger Iker Muniain, Lille’s Belgian starlet Eden Hazard – who is also an Arsenal target – and Borussia Dortmund forward Mario Gotze are also on the list.

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