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Real Madrid sign Spanish teenage prospect with an eye on the future



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Real Madrid have outwitted Barcelona in almost every aspect in recent years, dominating in both the domestic and European stages.

However, one aspect where Real Madrid have fallen behind Barcelona lately is scouting young talents in and across Spain.

While Barça have unearthed talents such as Gavi, Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi in recent years, Real Madrid are trailing when it comes to nurturing domestic talents.

To make things worse, Barcelona, in recent times, have also picked up a couple of youth talents, who were previously a part of the Real Madrid academy.

Real Madrid launch counterattack

Real Madrid, however, are readying a strong answer to Barcelona’s recent endeavours in the Spanish youth market.

According to Rodra P, the Spanish giants are all set to bring in Joel Perez, a Catalan talent who currently plies his trade for Espanyol.

Born in 2008, Perez is regarded highly due to his speed and ability to control the ball. The forward, therefore, could prove to be a major coup, as far as Real Madrid’s youth team is concerned.

This is a direct response to Barcelona’s acquisition of talents such as Byron Mendoza and Marcos Parriego, both of who stemmed from the Real Madrid youth academy.

Real Madrid’s plans with Joel Perez

Joel Perez is all set to arrive in the Spanish capital in the coming summer. However, it is unclear where exactly the youngster will play, in Real Madrid’s youth footballing pyramid.

Some Madrid Juvenil C players have played for Real Madrid’s Juvenil A side this season, which means it is not entirely ruled out that Perez could be left under the jurisdiction of Arbeloa next season.

Although Perez is not exactly from the Barcelona youth academy, he is a Catalan native nonetheless and given his immense potential, he could indeed prove to be a smart signing for Los Blancos.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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