La Fabrica has seen relative wane in recent years with few players coming out and making it big in Europe. However, hope is abundant for the next generation with the likes of Sergio Arribas, Rafa Marin and Nico Paz.
According to reports from El Debate (h/t Madrid Xtra), several prominent voices within the Real Madrid administration feel that Paz is already good enough to play for the first team and are pushing for his inclusion in the games to come.
The Argentine star has been the media’s favourite target in Real Madrid’s academy courtesy of the brilliant numbers he has put forward. His talent has never been in doubt.
The highly-rated prospect signed a contract extension with the club less than a month ago and announced his decision via social media, hinting that he was here to stay.
“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.”
In just five appearances in the UEFA Youth League this season, the 18-year-old has found the back of the net five times. He also averages close to seven defensive actions in addition to his whopping 11 successful dribbles per game.
It remains to be seen if Carlo Ancelotti & co. see it right to incorporate the teenage star into his plans or opts to wait out until the preseason.
Whatever the decision, the fact remains that Los Blancos’ future is in safe hands with Paz, Vinicius, Rodrygo and their most recent acquisition, Endrick, who will arrive at the club in 2024.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.