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Real Madrid have signed five youth prospects from Atletico, four more from Valencia



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Fondly and rightly called the ‘Galacticos‘, Real Madrid have seldom hesitated to splash the cash when needed in their long and illustrious history. The Spanish giants have carved a reputation as the ones to lure away the best in the business to their frontier over the years, thus holding onto the tag it brought with it.

However, there has been a drastic turnaround in Los Blancos‘ approach in recent years. A combination of the inflated market and the dearth of quality players has pushed the club to a polar opposite ideology.

Real Madrid, in recent years, have been all over young talents. Juni Calafat and his scouting team have aimed to spot the proteges young and the project has brought favourable results.

Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, Eduardo Camavinga, and Aurelien Tchouameni are all players the Merengues brought in at a young age. Moreover, the signing of Endrick shows that the club are ready to take the bet even on early teenagers.

According to reports from Carrusel Deportivo, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has already overseen the signing of five players from Atletico Madrid’s academy and four more from Valencia’s academy in recent weeks.

After breaking the pact of non-aggression, Real Madrid have not held back in filtering Atletico’s La Academia for fine prospects. They signed Jesus Fortea from the Rojiblancos last summer and even made the swoop for Ariel Nkoghe as reported earlier today.

In a leak last week, it also came to light that two of Real Madrid’s targets at Atleti played in the Cadet A and Alevin A divisions respectively. However, nothing more about the subject has come to light.

Apart from raiding their local rivals, Real Madrid have also swooped in and reportedly secured the signing of four young prospects from Valencia as well.

By targeting players under the age of 16, the Merengues stand to gain immensely from a financial standpoint. After all, they are not forced to pay any economic compensation when signing a talent under the age of 16.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid



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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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