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Toni Kroos lavishes praise on Real Madrid whizkid: “He’s so good”

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Nico Paz has emerged as one of the most exciting talents to come out of the Real Madrid academy lately.

An attacking midfielder by trade, the youngster has starred for the Real Madrid youth sides in the UEFA Youth League as well as the domestic youth competitions, notably racking up six goals in total.

Although Paz is yet to make his senior debut for Real Madrid, he has been called up to train with the first team on several occasions while he has also been named in the matchday squad.

And, now, the 18-year-old Argentine prodigy earned praise from midfielder Toni Kroos as we approach the season’s end.

“This boy (Nico Paz) should train with us every day because he’s so good,” Kroos told MARCA in a recent interview.

This could be huge for Paz, who has been pushing for a place in the Real Madrid senior squad next season. The youngster, as mentioned earlier, has already performed brilliantly in domestic youth competitions, impressing onlookers with his technical prowess.

Although Real Madrid are poised to sign Jude Bellingham this coming summer, Paz’s ascension to the team could be beneficial for the club, especially with Kroos and Luka Modric likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu in 2024.

The presence of young players like Paz, therefore, could offer Carlo Ancelotti exciting alternatives who are more than capable of making an impact at the professional level.

It could also aid the player, giving him a platform to showcase his skills at the highest level of football. Paz, therefore, will be looking to perform well during the pre-season preparations for Real Madrid this coming summer.

His performances could go a long way in determining his fate in the Real Madrid senior setup. Apart from him, Sergio Arribas will also hope to seek a place in the first team, ahead of the coming season.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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