Madrid shields Castilla

Madrid shields Castilla

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07 Jul 2022
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The situation

Not only is Real Madrid working to continue putting together the Whites’ first team squad; It also does so so that the subsidiary, Castilla, has a guaranteed squad with which to once again attempt promotion from the First RFEF to the Second Division, that is, to the lower echelon of professionalism. Although the results in recent seasons have been disappointing, confidence in Raul Gonzalez is maintained to pilot the ship. But in Madrid they know that the general is not enough, soldiers are needed and that is where the club is now, in which Raul has a squad that is as powerful as possible. Because, after the end of the 2021-22 academic year, offers for a large part of the Castilla squad have begun to arrive at the Real Madrid offices in Valdebebas. The team did not perform as expected last year, finishing tenth in the standings, a long way from the play-offs that would have given them any chance of promotion. In his third year, Raúl did not hit the key either: in 2019-20 he had the seventh team when the pandemic stopped everything; in 2020-21 he did reach the play-off, where he could not with Ibiza; and in this 2021-22 he was irregular throughout the season, he suffered a lot away from home and never finished competing for the top positions. Despite this, several players have stood out in such a way that they have aroused the interest of teams from all over Europe. The one that most probably has been Gila, a central defender who has just been transferred to Lazio, in exchange for six million euros for 50% of his rights. In the case of Gila, as with Víctor Chust, Madrid has opened its hand to an exit for purely sporting reasons: Vallejo does not want to leave and has a contract until 2025. The Valencian also leaves, in exchange for one million for half of Your rights; he will play again in Cádiz, where he was already on loan in the 2021-22 academic year. Another who has received a lot of attention in Spain, and also in Belgium, Holland and Germany, is Sergio Arribas. Talented midfielder or midfielder who this season has brought out his best goalscoring facet: he has scored 15 goals without being a striker, surpassing the 13 scored by Juanmi Latasa, Castilla’s striker. 

Dotor, Arribas, Blanco, Miguel…

Both Dotor and Arribas have a contract until 2025 and they are still young; the first is 21 years old, the second 20. Although they looked favorably on leaving and beginning to shine in the elite (Granada has been aware of Dotor’s situation), they also do not reject outright the possibility of staying at Castilla, who is expected to be the great entertainer of the next season in the First RFEF. Furthermore, in a season with a World Cup practically halving the schedule, it is likely that the academy will receive more attention from Ancelotti. They are the two most required, but not the only ones. Similar cases are those of Antonio Blanco, a midfielder for whom the arrivals of Camavinga and Tchouameni in the last two summers have closed the door to the first team; Miguel Gutiérrez, a pearl that Ancelotti has not paid much attention to, but who continues to have the club’s trust; Peter Federico, just 18 years old and who should be one of Castilla’s leaders in attack in this 2022-23 season; or Rafa Marín, who will wait another year in the subsidiary, hoping that Vallejo will make room later so that he can opt for a place in the first team.


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