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Real Madrid Castilla starlet to travel with senior squad for Manchester City clash



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According to journalist Jorge Picon, the Real Madrid travelling contingent that will take on Manchester City holds a surprise addition not widely recognized by fans: Jeremy de Leon, a player from Castilla. 

Despite not being listed among the called-up players officially announced by the club, De Leon will still join the expedition and this inclusion marks his first-ever experience in the Champions League alongside the first team.

Typically, only players listed officially are sent on such trips. During the group stage, the club tends to utilize Youth League players for training sessions, given they are already playing against the same opponent. 

However, this practice usually ceases after the Round of 16. Hence, it is notable that de Leon, who frequently trains with the team, has been added at the eleventh hour.

Inclusion with a catch

It must be noted that De Leon cannot play for the senior team against Manchester City. This is because as the rules state, he needs to be with the club for two uninterrupted years to qualify.

The 20-year-old joined Real Madrid from Castellon in January, turning down offers from Villarreal and Valencia because his heart was set on Madrid. 

Under Raul’s guidance, he is still adjusting to his new team, but the Castilla coach sees him as a crucial player for the upcoming season. 

Despite only playing a handful of games since arriving in the capital, both the coaching staff and the club are impressed with his skills and dedication.

For what it is worth, his arrival in Madrid ignited excitement back home in Puerto Rico, prompting a response from his compatriot singer Bad Bunny on Instagram. 

Although he has only been playing for a few months and still has much to demonstrate, expectations are high for him, which is evident in his unofficial citation for the trip to Manchester.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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