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Real Madrid lose 16-year-old academy prodigy with 100+ youth goals to Inter Milan – report

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According to a report from MARCA, Real Madrid are set to lose one of the most prodigious young talents from the academy in Hugo Humanes.

The 16-year-old striker is a product of the club’s La Fabrica youth setup and had been on the club’s books since 2014.

Regarded as one of the brightest young prospects, the teenage centre-forward has enjoyed steady progress through the ranks, accumulating goals by the bucketload.

Indeed, during the nine years that he has been at the club, Humanes has scored more than 100 goals for Real Madrid’s youth teams across various age-group levels.

The youngster had signed his first professional contract with the club only in January earlier this year.

The 16-year-old netted 11 goals with the Cadet team in the most recent season, helping the team to the title of Under-16 regional championship.

It seemingly attracted the interest of several top clubs, and, as it stands, Humanes is set to leave Real Madrid’s youth setup to sign for Inter Milan.

The report claims that the 16-year-old La Fabrica product will be penning a three-year contract with the Nerazzurri after the two clubs managed to reach an agreement for his transfer.

While Real Madrid are set to bid goodbye to Humanes, they have managed to secure the future of another of their most promising academy talents in Pablo Iago, who recently penned a new contract until 2025.

Apart from Humanes, Real Madrid are also seeing an exodus of young talents from their Castilla team with players like Carlos Dotor, Marvin Park, Alvaro Martin, and Antonio Blanco leaving the club, while Sergio Arribas is also on his way out.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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