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A Real Madrid squad full of under-21 talent since 2010

Since February 2009, when Real Madrid signed Sergio Canales from Racing Santander, Los Blancos have spent as much as 468.8 million euros on players under the age of 21 years old.

At the time, Canales was 18 years old, the same age as Eduardo Camavinga, who joined Real Madrid on deadline day from Rennes.

Players such as Casemiro, Marco Asensio and Fede Valverde were brought in at a young age too and they are still in the squad, while Real Madrid made profit after cashing in on Martin Odegaard, Mateo Kovacic and Mesut Ozil.

The signing of Theo Hernandez wasn’t successful, while players such as Dani Ceballos, Jesus Vallejo or Brahim Diaz haven’t managed to establish themselves in Real Madrid‘s starting line-up.

The latest youngsters to have joined the team are Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes, all of whom are working under Carlo Ancelotti as they look to fulfil their potential at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

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Lunin: A goalkeeper for the future

Andriy Lunin has been the only young goalkeeper signed by Real Madrid in the last 11 years. His transfer cost 8.5m euros in 2018 and after some loan spells he has become the second-choice goalkeeper behind Thibaut Courtois.

Half the defence

Dani Carvajal returned from his loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen and gradually became a starter at Real Madrid at the age of 21. Militao joined from Porto at the same age, while Raphael Varane moved to Real Madrid at 19 and won four Champions League trophies with the club.

Beefing up a strong midfield

Signed for a combined cost of 10m euros, Casemiro and Valverde have complemented Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in midfield. Isco, who is still in Real Madrid‘s squad, was also signed at a young age and has been decisive at times for Los Blancos.

Samba in attack

Luka Jovic joined for 60m euros but has failed to impress so far, while Brazilian prodigies Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes also moved to Spain at a young age. Asensio was unlucky to suffer a serious injury and hasn’t shined since, while Sergio Diaz joined in 2016 but is currently without a team.

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