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Ancelotti will have four Castilla starlets train with Real Madrid seniors next term



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Real Madrid Castilla have a number of young talents with great potential within the ranks. However, there could be an exodus of players this summer after Raul Gonzalez’s men failed to win promotion to La Liga 2.

The likes of Sergio Arribas, Rafa Marin, and Carlos Dotor, who have been regular fixtures for Castilla for the past couple of years, are set to be on their way out soon to continue their development at the highest level, given the lack of a clear pathway into the first team.

At the same time, some players will be given a chance to train with Carlo Ancelotti’s senior setup while continuing to play for Castilla in the upcoming campaign.

And, as per MARCA, Ancelotti has noted down four names – Nico Paz, Mario Martin, Alvaro Rodriguez, and Marvel as players who will be training with the first team but playing for Raul’s side so that they keep getting regular minutes under their belt.

Given that Joselu is the only natural striker at Ancelotti’s disposal at this moment, Alvaro, who made a decent impression with the seniors last season, is likely to see more opportunities in the upcoming season.

As for Nico Paz, the teenage attacking midfield prodigy is seen as one of the best young talents at the club and will see greater exposure with the first-team setup in the coming campaign.

Meanwhile, with Aurelien Tchouameni being the only out-and-out defensive midfielder in the senior squad, Mario Martin could get some chances, potentially in cup ties.

The same could hold true for Marvel, who will now likely be the fifth-choice centre-back for Ancelotti following the departure of Jesus Vallejo and the impending exit of Rafa Marin.

As mentioned earlier, the quartet will alternate training and playing between the first team and the Castilla outfit.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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