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18-year-old Real Madrid prodigy will do pre-season with the first-team under Ancelotti

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At 18 years of age, Nico Paz has been creating waves at Real Madrid. The Argentine prodigy is seen as one of the camp’s best products in recent years and many see him to be ready to join forces with the first team.

In fact, senior team star Toni Kroos openly called out for Paz’s inclusion into the first team training sessions earlier this month. 

“This boy (Nico Paz) should train with us every day because he’s so good.”

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Kroos’ words have not gone unheard. Los Blancos are willing to take the next step with the wonderkid and have formulated a plan for his development.

For starters, Nico will be included as part of the first-team squad for pre-season that is scheduled to start in less than a month.

This comes as a big opportunity for the starlet to bring his prowess out in front of Carlo Ancelotti and push for a first-team spot soon. Moreover, a strong showing on the United States pre-season tour could pave the way for first-team minutes for him next season.

While his inclusion in pre-season appears decided, it is unlikely that any level of showing will directly win him a shirt in the senior side. After all, Los Blancos see him as the marquee player for the Castilla side, at least for next season.

There have been talks of a move away from the Bernabeu on loan for Paz, and the report confirms that there are multiple parties interested in his acquisition. However, the chance of him leaving the club is slim and would be only to his former club Tenerife even if it happened.

An attacking midfielder by trade, Paz will face strong competition for minutes in pre-season considering the wealth of options at the manager’s disposal. Given that it is a period of testing and evaluation, however, Ancelotti will look to give him prominence over some established names.

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  1. Sesan Odesanya

    June 30, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    The problem with Madrid is that the youngsters are never give enough time to impress. The club would prefer to bid for another 18-year old in Turkey instead of given Castilla players a chance. No trust in their own academy .

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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