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Real Madrid look beyond academy for young talent

Real Madrid always live in the present, but they are also working hard for the future. The Blanco club’s demands are immediate, there is no time to mess around, but at the Santiago Bernabéu they are not neglecting the team’s future. However, that future is not being forged at ‘La Fábrica’, the ‘Factory’, as the […]


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Real Madrid

Real Madrid always live in the present, but they are also working hard for the future. The Blanco club’s demands are immediate, there is no time to mess around, but at the Santiago Bernabéu they are not neglecting the team’s future. However, that future is not being forged at ‘La Fábrica’, the ‘Factory’, as the academy is known. At the club they are not seeing much talent emerging at Valdebebas, at least not enough to ‘feed’ the first team, so they have gone out looking for it elsewhere.

First it was fue Marco Asensio, who was signed in December, though he continued playing at Real Mallorca throughout the second half of the season. Soon after that, Martin Odegaard was brought in but, despite the great expectations raised by his signing, he has hardly been involved in any first-team action since he came to the capital. Lastly, Real Madrid announced on Friday the signing of Jesús Vallejo, precisely a team-mate of Asensio in the Spain U19 side that won the European championship in July. The young centre-back will continue for another season on loan at Real Zaragoza, the club he has signed from. A possible addition to these names in the near future is that of Dani Ceballos, a Betis player who was also in the triumphant U19 side and for whom Madrid have already made a move.

Since players such as Jesé or Morata have moved up to the first team, the club have not really seen much potential in the feeder teams, other than that of Borja Mayoral. The clout that Real Madrid Castilla, now in 2ª B (effectively the third tier), have at the club, is fast dwindling. In fact, the captain of the B team, Sergio Aguza, signed on Friday for a second-division English club, MK Dons, leaving the team coached by Zinedine Zidane without one of its key players. Owing to the lack of figures in the Blancos’ academy, the club has chosen to go out shopping for talent.

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