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Ancelotti greatly impressed by Real Madrid youngster considered ‘La Fabrica’s Casemiro’



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Despite ever-growing competition in the first team leading onlookers to believe otherwise, Real Madrid’s academy La Fabrica continues to be a hotbed of talent.

Among the latest sensations to emerge from the academy is Mario Martin, who has been drawing comparisons with a former icon, Casemiro.

Mario Martin could be present in Real Madrid’s pre-season tour

The captain of the Castilla team has proven to be coach Raul’s right-hand man, with his leadership qualities and understanding of the game.

And according to AS Martin’s skills and temperament are highly valued by Real Madrid’s head coach Carlo Ancelotti.

In fact, the midfield enforcer is likely to travel with the squad this summer for preseason training in the United States.

Mario Martin is considered ‘La Fabrica’s Casemiro’. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Martin is frequently likened to the former Real Madrid midfield player Casemiro due to his ability to intercept passes, win the ball, and act as a bridge between the defence and midfield.

Ancelotti, who appreciated such qualities in Casemiro previously, believes the highly-rated prospect can emulate the Brazilian’s role in the future.

A Madridista through and through

When he was younger, Mario Martin’s commitment to playing for Real Madrid saw him refuse offers from Villarreal and Atletico Madrid.

Martin makes lifestyle decisions that demonstrate his dedication to his work. He even constructed a gym within his home rather than purchasing a pricey vehicle.

Moreover, the 20-year-old prodigy would rather stay in the club’s facilities and adhere to rigid regimens and diets.

And now he aspires to break into the Real Madrid starting lineup. Still, even if Martin is unsuccessful, he will have many additional options, as he has already attracted interest from multiple teams in the first division.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or



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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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