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Twelve promising youngsters for Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s next generation looks promising, owing to the youth plan that the club have invested heavily in. Martin Odegaard (17-12-1998) The big star of the Blanco academy, Odegaard was signed for €2.8 million from Stromsgodset when he was still only 16 años years old, but was already a full international with the Norwegian national […]


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Real Madrid’s next generation looks promising, owing to the youth plan that the club have invested heavily in.

Martin Odegaard (17-12-1998)

The big star of the Blanco academy, Odegaard was signed for €2.8 million from Stromsgodset when he was still only 16 años years old, but was already a full international with the Norwegian national team. Odegaard often trains with the first team and has been called up on occasions, making his Real Madrid debut with in May last year and becoming the youngest player ever to wear the white shirt, at the age of 16 years and 156 days. Real Madrid have stated on more than one occasion that he is not transferable.

Marco Asensio (21-1-1996)

One of Spanish football’s great promises. He has everything: dribbling, passing, vision, striking ability, physical strength… At the moment he is on loan at Espanyol to gain experience. “My idea is to continue at Espanyol until the end of the season” he has said. He has also chosen to play for Spain rather than the Netherlands at international level.

Borja Mayoral (5-4-1997)

The most promising forward in the academy. He is currently negotiating a contract extension and is asking for a big raise because, it is suspected, he has been made an offer by Arsenal. He has already made his first-team debut, “in the dressing room they joke around with me a lot, because I’ve trained with them so often. They’ve treated me really well, and have congratulated me on getting to the first team” he said at the time. He is compared with Raúl because of his strong personality on the field and his goal-scoring ability: 102 goals in 77 games with the youth team.

Jesús Vallejo (5-1-1997)

The centre-back of the future cost Real Madrid €5 million from Real Zaragoza, where he has stayed on loan to continue learning and growing. He was captain of the European Championship-winning U-19 national side, and has been called up to the U-21 team.

Mariano (1-8-1993)

This Hispano-Dominican forward has recently renewed his contract, in a deal that will last until 2021, at the express request of Zidane, and is registered as a first-team player. A strong, rapid forward, and a battler, Mariano has an excellent shot and heads the ball well. He has played for the Dominican Republic national team, for whom scored on his debut.

Federico Valverde (22-7-1998)

Uruguay’s emerging starlet, he has shone in the U-17 team. “Valverde is seventeen and we cannot bring him over until he is eighteen. When he is, he will be here” promised Florentino Pérez. He currently plays for Peñarol and there they say that they have never seen a player as young as he is who understands the game so well. As a child, he often dreamed of playing in the white shirt in front of a full house at the Bernabéu.

Marcos Llorente (30-1-1995)

A midfielder for Castilla, he could not really have more football in his genes than he has, being the son of Paco Llorente, the grandson of Grosso and great-nephew of Paco Gento. He made his first-team debut under Rafa Benítez, and has outstanding vision. “Marcos has made great progress as a player, he plays better than I did at his age, and he has all it takes to succeed. He needs to be humble and work hard, He could become a great Real Madrid player”, Gento has said.

Luca Zidane (13-5-1998)

A promising goalkeeper, international for France, with whom he shone in the U-17 World Cup, saving three penalties in the final. He has a strong personality and plays well with his feet. “As I am a goalkeeper, I am judged on my performances and nobody can compare me with my father, so yes, that is one of the reasons why I chose this position” he has said.

As well as these, Real Madrid are working on bringing in other promising youngsters who will safeguard the club’s future.

John Stones (28-5-1994)

For many, he is the most promising centre-back in world football. Benítez recommended signing him, though his price tag has gone up considerably since he has become the object of desire of so many clubs. Chelsea offered €40 million for him but Everton turned them down.

Romelu Lukaku (13-5-1993)

Greatly experienced, despite his youth. Lukaku is one of this season’s Premier League sensations, owing to the strike duo he forms with Deulofeu. Real Madrid wanted to sign him when he was first beginning to show his quality at Anderlecht, a request of then manager José Mourinho. “He is still too young to go to as big a club as Real Madrid” said his father, an ex-footballer, at the time.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (13-5-1993)

In January he scored his first goal for Chelsea, the club he has been wanting to leave owing to the lack of opportunities he was getting. Hiddink seems to have faith in this box-to-box midfielder, who has great vision and can cover long distancees. He is a strong header of the ball and is 1.91 metres tall.

Mirko Antonucci (11-3-1999)

Half of Europe have their eyes on this 16-year-old. A two-footed forward who is outstanding in all areas. He is under contract at Roma until June 2017.

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