Real Madrid have a talented crop of young talent coming through the ranks at the club. Talents like Sergio Arribas, Nico Paz, Rafa Marin, and Alvaro Rodriguez, among others are seen as players who are bound for the senior team in the near future.
The youngsters are polishing their skills under the careful watch of Raul Gonzalez with Real Madrid Castilla currently. And they have made it to the finals of the promotion playoffs in the RFEF Primera Division, where they are playing Eldense.
And according to a report from German publication BILD, scouts from several Bundesliga clubs were in attendance this past weekend during the first leg of the finals between Castilla and Eldense, to keep an eye on the Real Madrid youngsters.
The report further adds that the scouts are expected to be present again when the second leg is played later this weekend.
Top clubs like Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and Eintracht Frankfurt are keeping tabs on the talents.
The likes of Arribas, Rodriguez, Paz, Marin and Carlos Dotor are tipped for a bright future and were the subject of the scouting mission by the German teams. And as per the report, two players in particular – Arribas and Rodriguez, seemed to be the most popular targets.
Arribas has been the star of the Castilla team over the past couple of seasons and has enjoyed another spectacular campaign in 2022/23.
The 21-year-old has 20 goals and seven assists from 36 games for Castilla this season while he has also played four times for the Real Madrid senior team, scoring one goal which came in the FIFA Club World Cup.
A player tipped for a bright future, Arribas has already been linked with several Spanish teams and it now appears that he is being monitored by clubs in the Bundesliga too.
As for Rodriguez, the 18-year-old striker has seven goals and two assists from 27 appearances for Castilla this term. However, he has been more involved with the first team than Arribas, making eight appearances in which he has a goal and an assist apiece.
Rodriguez had been tipped to become a first-team regular next season, but with the arrival of Joselu and the potential signing of another striker, that might not materialise.
Real Madrid have previously sold academy talent to Bundesliga clubs with buyback clauses inserted which they triggered later – Dani Carvajal and Jesus Vallejo being the examples.
It remains to be seen whether the Merengues could take a similar approach with Arribas and Rodriguez, or at least loan them out for next season.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.