Brazilian teenager Reinier will join Real Madrid midway through January, continuing the club’s process of signing talented youngsters from around the globe, and the club now appear to have a great future in the form of these young players.
Martin Odegaard was perhaps the first player to arrive under the umbrella of this project, and he’s since been followed by Fede Valverde, Kubo, Vinicius Jr, Achraf Hakimi and Reinier himself.
The crux of these players will form the basis of the next Real Madrid team to be constructed, and perhaps the next great Merengues team when you look at the talent of the players mentioned.
1. Martin Odegaard, 21 years old
The Norwegian looked to have missed his chance in Madrid, but he found form on loan with Heerenveen and his latest loan spell with Real Sociedad has seen him emerge as one of the best creative midfielders in the division. He will likely return to Los Blancos in the summer and could even knock on the first-team door.
2. Achraf Hakimi, 21 years old
Another player who has had very brief experience of the Real Madrid first team, yet the defender has been sensational since joining Borussia Dortmund. He has six goals and six assists this season and can play at full-back on either side.
3. Vinicius Jr, 19 years old
Despite a struggle to break into the team this season, everyone knows what the Brazilian can do and he’s shown it since arriving in Spain. He has tremendous potential and there needs to be patience, but at 40 million euros he remains one of the biggest bets in Los Blancos’ recent history.
4. Rodrygo Goes, 18 years old
Rodrygo has impressed Zidane far more this term, playing fairly regularly and scoring important goals in the Champions League. He is definitely a star of the future and the club hope he can dovetail with Vinicius rather than challenge him for a place.
5. Takefusa Kubo, 18 years old
The Japanese international was forced to leave Barcelona due to a bureaucratic problem and Real Madrid would eventually take advantage. The sky is the limit for the midfielder and he has played briefly for Real Mallorca on loan this season. He is developing all the time and is likely to be given a chance.
6. Brahim Diaz, 20 years old
Having arrived from Manchester City last January, the Spaniard has had injury problems which have limited his opportunities, but another loan move could occur this month. Zidane, though, loves his talent and there is great potential there.
7. Fede Valverde, 21 years old
The Uruguayan is the ready-made senior star at this point. He has been Zidane’s most important player after Casemiro this season and has shown himself to be good enough to play on a regular basis. Los Blancos have found a gem here and he will lessen the impact of Luka Modric’s eventual departure.
8. Andriy Lunin, 20 years old
The Ukrainian is a wonderfully gifted goalkeeper, who already has a great deal of senior football under his belt from his time with Zorya Luhansk, but currently he isn’t able to break into Real Valladolid’s team.
9. Reinier, 17 years old
The youngest of the group, Reinier will arrive on January 19, 2020. Real Madrid believe they have secured another star of the future and the attacking midfielder has a great ability to find a final pass or the net itself, he will cost over 25 million euros and is the latest bet in Florentino Perez’s idea for the future.