We are only a few months away before the January transfer window opens up, giving Real Madrid the opportunity to address a few of the holes in the squad.
Although Los Blancos has started the season almost flawlessly, the club do require reinforcements in certain areas, including the attacking and the fullback positions.
Real Madrid unlikely to sign players in January
However, according to a report from MARCA, Real Madrid are unlikely to go after new players in the upcoming January transfer window.
This comes even after calls for reinforcements in key areas, including the aforementioned positions, where the club desperately require depth.
Real Madrid have even been linked with moves for several players in the market, though most will be viable options only in the coming summer.
Florentino Perez’s policy in January
The report points out that one of the key reasons behind Real Madrid’s relative inactivity in January is the policy of Florentino Perez.
Under Perez’s presidency, Real Madrid have always avoided signing players in the winter market. They do not believe in signing players during this part of the season.
On the flip side, potential exits from Real Madrid will depend on the players, but it remains to be seen whether or not any departures will influence the club to sign players.
For emergency situations, Real Madrid’s plan is to give chances to young players rather than relying on the market. The club, after all, have unearthed a host of talents from the academy in recent years.
As for the market, Real Madrid’s priority is to sign Kylian Mbappe in the summer of 2024, though the club are also keeping tabs on Erling Haaland’s situation at Manchester City.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.