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Highly-rated Real Madrid teenager signs new contract with the club



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After a mild regression in the second half of the last decade, La Fabrica has once again come back to life through an array of players. Real Madrid’s academy is once again producing the special talents it has a reputation for, and the likes of Rafa Marin, Sergio Arribas and Marvin Park represent this generation.

The normal career path for an academy player would be to make his way into the Castilla side and subsequently earn a place in the first team. Sometimes when a player cuts well above his level, he could earn a direct promise from the Under-19 side and Nico Paz could realistically do so.

As revealed by his official Instagram handle, the 18-year-old Argentine prospect has renewed his contract with Los Blancos and is set to stay in Madrid for years to come. Further, he penned a letter of gratitude to the club for all that they invested in him.

“Very happy to remain linked with Real Madrid and looking forward to improving every day. Very grateful for the confidence given and looking forward to proving it on the field. This is just the beginning.”

Paz is one of the academy’s brightest talents and plays in an attacking midfield position. The hype around him is justified, especially when one sees the numbers put up by the teenager.

His movements on the field speak volumes of how well he understands the dynamics of football while his strong, yet delicate left foot can give defenders a tough time. More importantly, he has a good instinct in front of the goal.

The Argentine has shone in the UEFA Youth League this season, scoring five goals in as many appearances. He averages two big chances created and 11 successful dribbles per game and is also defensively able with around 3.8 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per 90 minutes.

Nico Paz’s contract extension is certainly a positive development as far as Real Madrid are concerned. And it might not be too long before fans see him in and around the first-team setup.

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Ancelotti talks Mendy, Vinicius, Gavi, Tobias, Brazil job ahead of Real Madrid vs Valladolid



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Real Madrid will be gunning to bounce back to winning ways when they lock horns with Real Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday afternoon.

Los Blancos were on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Barcelona the last time they were in action. The result meant that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have now fallen 12 points behind the Catalans in the La Liga title race.

The gap could widen to 15 points given that Barcelona are playing bottom-placed Elche later tonight. So, it becomes imperative for Real Madrid to make sure that there are no more slip-ups if they are to have any hope of pulling off a comeback in the title race.

Ahead of the game at the Bernabeu on Sunday, manager Ancelotti addressed the media, and discussed Ferland Mendy’s fitness situation as well his future amid links to the Brazil national team, among various other things.

On the state of the squad: “We are fine. The internationals are in good shape. We were unlucky to have Mendy injured but we are ready.”

On the speculations about his future and links to replacements: “I’m not surprised that there are these rumours. It doesn’t affect me, it doesn’t worry me. I’m just focused on fulfilling my duties with this club and with this team.

“I’m still here until Real Madrid allow me to stay here. I’m very well and I feel the affection of the president, the fans and the players. We have two months ahead of us and then hopefully we can continue.”

On others’ opinions on the job he is doing: “Everyone can say what they want. I know I have a contract and I want to fulfil it. I don’t know what might happen in the future.”

On the Brazil national team rumours: “The reality is that the Brazilian national team wants me and I love it and I’m very excited about it, but then I have to respect the contract I have and I want to fulfil it.”

On whether he will retire after the Real Madrid job: “No. I’m not thinking about it now.”

On the contract renewals: “The atmosphere at the moment is very calm and very focused on what we have to do. What is being talked about in the press is an outside issue. We hear it but it’s not an issue that worries us. The players know very well what they have to do.”

On whether Vinicius would be treated differently if he played for another club: “If my grandfather had wheels, he would be a cart. There have been problems with Vinicius, Gavi, we must respect the players.”

On Vinicius Tobias: “He is progressing very well and like the rest of the Castilla players we will have to talk about his future when the season is over.”

On injuries: “We have the same problems as in other teams. Mendy has not had a good season. We will replace him well as we did when he was out.”

On Brazil Federation president Ednaldo Rodrigues: “If he wants to talk to me I would love to meet and greet him.”

On Barcelona getting an extra day’s rest ahead of Copa semi-final: “I’m not surprised, it doesn’t bother me. They have an extra day but we have time to recover and there is no problem.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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