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Real Madrid hope 19-year-old academy jewel will break the Castilla curse – reports

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At a time when Barcelona are making headlines in Europe for their academy stars breaking through, Real Madrid do not have much to show.

Los Blancos do boast of some of world football’s brightest talents, but none of them can claim to be homegrown.

Nico Paz’s story, thus, comes as a refreshing update. The youngster recently made his league debut for the first team in Real Madrid’s 5-1 thrashing of Valencia, and his breakthrough comes as big news considering that Carlo Ancelotti is a big fan of trusting academy stars.

Breaking the curse

As revealed by AS, only four academy players from 2009 have managed to sustain with Los Blancos’ first team for over seven years.

There are over 40 Castilla graduates who currently ply their trade with clubs in Europe’s top five leagues, but only Alvaro Arbeloa, Nacho Fernandez, Lucas Vázquez, and Dani Carvajal have managed the feat.

The Merengues have their money on Paz to break the curse and be the fifth name on such a list. Carlo Ancelotti understands the player’s high ceiling and has direct use for his profile in his dynamics.

Paz has already featured twice for Real Madrid this season and was also part of the first-team’s pre-season tour to the USA. The ball is now in the Argentine star’s court to capitalise on his chances and establish his name.

Paz speaks after his debut

The talented youngster only recently made his debut for Real Madrid’s first team. He enjoyed the special moment during the team’s 3-0 win over Braga and expressed his elation after the full-time whistle.

“It was crazy. Making my first-team debut has been my dream ever since I was a young boy and it’s come true at the greatest stadium in the world, and in the Champions League,” he said.

As part of the same interview, he admitted that it was difficult for academy players to break through at Real Madrid and gave advice to his peers.

“We know how hard it is because it’s the greatest team in the world but we have to keep working hard because it can be done. It is possible and that’s the message to the rest of the academy boys.”

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  1. Marcus

    November 19, 2023 at 11:30 pm

    Think this statement is incorrect, the coach is great at winning but not great at bringing through youth team players… Antonio Blanco and Miguel Gutierrez comes to mind

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What is the price tag on Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid jersey?

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Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at Real Madrid has sparked a frenzy among football fans, with the club swiftly making his iconic jersey available for purchase starting July 11. 

Notably, before July 11, eager fans could not get their hands on a jersey featuring Mbappe’s name and number 9, as he was under contract with PSG until June 30. 

However, once the clock struck July 11, enthusiasts could finally purchase his jerseys in various styles, prompting a rapid sell-out at the Adidas store within hours.

The pricing of these jerseys has garnered significant attention, varying not only by size but also by the type of jersey—Replica or Authentic—that fans choose, reports Diario AS.

Initially, the Real Madrid online store listed the Replica version of Mbappe’s jersey at €100, while the Authentic version, identical to those worn by the team’s players, was priced at €160. 

What are the prices of Mbappe’s Real Madrid shirt?

Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid shirt is being sold like a hotcake. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The highest-priced option is the Authentic Mbappe Men’s Home Kit Shirt, retailing at €185. This premium version allows fans to add additional patches such as La Liga or Champions League badges for an extra charge. 

Surprisingly, the women’s version of the jersey is priced equivalently, reflecting gender-neutral pricing practices, while the children’s edition is slightly more affordable at €130. 

Furthermore, even the youngest fans can join in the excitement with a baby version of the jersey priced at €80.

Meanwhile, for those looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Mbappe Men’s Home Shirt comes in at €120. 

Fans can customize these shirts with either a La Liga or Champions League patch for an additional €15, affixed uniquely on the right sleeve, opposite the iconic HP logo on the left, a prominent sponsor of the club. 

These prices apply to the short-sleeved versions; opting for long sleeves incurs a slightly lower cost. 

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