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Real Madrid see 19-year-old academy ace as a ‘new signing’, will get first-team minutes amidst injuries

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Real Madrid have been hit hard by injuries this season, with the recently concluded international break making matters much worse for the Merengues.

Indeed, Los Blancos have lost both Vinicius Jr. and Eduardo Camavinga to injuries until 2024. On top of that, reports earlier today revealed that Rodrygo Goes is also struggling with a knee issue and might not feature against Cadiz on Sunday.

The situation is far from ideal for Real Madrid, who will have Joselu as the only senior forward against Cadiz if Rodrygo is ruled out.

Gonzalo Garcia the ‘new signing’

Given the number of injuries, Real Madrid are set to dip into their academy reserves to make up for the absences.

And, one player who is set to benefit from the situation, according to AS, is 19-year-old striker Gonzalo Garcia.

The teenage forward is seen very much as a new signing within the club for he is now set to move to the first-team setup from Castilla in light of the injuries that have rocked Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.

The teenager has a great instinct in front of goal, has the skill and quality to drop to either flank, and can finish with both feet, while also possessing the ambition and drive to succeed at a club like Real Madrid.

Last season, Gonzalo was the top scorer at Valdebebas with 35 goals in all competitions and has already been on the bench with the first team on three occasions this season.

The 19-year-old has netted four times for Castilla this term and scored twice for the Juvenil A side in the UEFA Youth League as well.

All signs point towards him making his first-team breakthrough imminently in light of the injuries to Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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