Barcelona’s La Masia gets a lot of praise since they produced such incredible talents as Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, but let’s not forget that Real Madrid’s Youth Academy, which is also producing great talents on a regular basis. The quality of the players in their first team makes it far from easy to break into the first team. Callejón recently managed to do so but he is one of very few who make the jump from Real Madrid Castilla into the first team. The norm at the Royal club is to send talented players away with an option to buy them back. Examples of this method are both Spanish youngsters Joselu and Carvajal who joined Bundesliga sides 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen respectively after getting promoted into the 2nd Spanish Division with Real Madrid Castilla last summer.
Both players instantly performed, especially Carvajal, who has played 15 out of 17 possible league games for the Werkself. He is a typical Spanish right-back: small, fast and with lots of attacking spirit. He runs on and off the ball constantly for 90 minutes, contributing to Leverkusen’s attack with good crosses and great link-up. During those 15 matches he delivered five assists and even scored a goal against 1899 Hoffenheim, which summed up his work rate excellently. He received the ball at the halfway line, and after two one-two’s he dribbled past the keeper and scored his first goal for Bayer.
The 20-year-old is a true professional not only on the pitch but also off it. He studies part-time at a Spanish University and also shows great effort to learn the German language, which one cannot say for every foreign player moving to Germany. Despite the language barrier he is liked by the team, which made it easy for him to settle in quickly. Real Madrid have observed his progress closely and it is no wonder at all that during the winter break, Spanish media are reporting about a return next summer. Spanish news-daily El Confidental along with Marca have reported several days ago that Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez wants to bring back the young talent. Madrid have a buy-back option for every of Carvajal’s three seasons at Bayer with the transfer fee increasing with every year. This summer they would have to pay a fee close to € 8m, which would be no big loss for Real Madrid but also a nice return for Leverkusen who paid just € 6m for him last summer.
Playing regularly for Bayer Leverkusen, who are second behind Bayern Munich in Germany’s top flight, is proof positive that he would be capable of playing for his childhood club even though they already have a decent right-back in Alvaro Arbeloa, who also holds this position in the Spanish National team. This could play into Bayer Leverkusen’s cards though, who want to keep the Spanish youngster for another season. As things stand right now he could even play Champions League football with the Werkself next season and the player himself said that it would be a dream to return to Real Madrid but it would also depend on the playing time he gets there.
The player himself denied having contact with the ‘Blancos’ during his Christmas holidays in the Spanish capital in an interview with German tabloid Bild, but things can of course change very quickly. It all depends on the player himself and if he can continue his good form in the Rückrunde of the Bundesliga, but due to his young age his future looks very bright and could well be the next homegrown player to break into the first team of Madrid.
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