Alvaro Rodriguez is the talk of the town at Real Madrid after the 18-year-old saved the team from a defeat against neighbours Atletico Madrid this past weekend.
The young striker, coming on as a substitute late in the derby, found the back of the net with a thumping header to equalise and salvage a point for Carlo Ancelotti’s men at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Following the match, manager Ancelotti confirmed that Alvaro Rodriguez will be a part of the first-team setup from next season.
Now, ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra) is reporting that the 18-year-old will be registered as a first-team member with La Liga next season and will be given a proper first-team kit number between the range of 1-25, instead of him continuing as a Castilla player.
The report adds that Ancelotti likes the young Uruguayan a lot. And that is likely to translate into a greater role with the senior setup starting next season for the teenage prodigy.
Speaking about Rodriguez after the Atletico game, the manager said: “He has shown all his quality and it is a special night for him and for us because we are beginning to realise that he will be useful in this part of the season.”
“For next season he will be in the first team squad because he has the quality that few others have. For his age, he is tall, powerful, and a formidable header. In this last part of the season, we will evaluate if we need him, which I think we do, Castilla or both.”
Rodriguez signed for the Real Madrid youth academy from Girona in 2020. He has made 33 appearances for Castilla, scoring nine goals and setting up four more.
Meanwhile, the 18-year-old has three senior appearances, in which he has scored and assisted one goal apiece.
Real Madrid future star Endrick set for his Santiago Bernabeu debut when Brazil face Spain
A while ago, Brazil manager Dorival Junior announced the squad list for the Selecao’s upcoming friendly encounters against England and Spain. And three Real Madrid players made the cut.
As one would expect, both Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes were included on the squad list by the new manager of the Brazil national team.
Along with the pair, teenage wonderkid Endrick, who will be arriving at Real Madrid in the summer, was also named in the squad.
The 17-year-old striker was signed by Los Blancos in December 2022, but he had to stay back at his boyhood club Palmeiras as he cannot move to Europe until he turns 18, which will happen this summer.
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Dorival Júnior anunciou hoje sua primeira convocação à frente da Seleção Brasileira! São 26 atletas que vão representar a Amarelinha nos amistosos contra Inglaterra e Espanha nos dias 23 e 26 de março, respectivamente.
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But even before he ends up at Real Madrid, Endrick is set to make his debut at the Santiago Bernabeu as Brazil play Spain at the Merengues’ home ground on March 26.
It will be a huge occasion for the teenage sensation and if he gets any minutes on the night from the manager, Endrick would very likely receive a special welcome at his future home.
Before that, though, the teenage sensation would come face-to-face with his future Real Madrid teammate, Jude Bellingham, with Brazil facing England at the Wembley Stadium on March 23.