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Real Madrid's youngsters to rekindle memories

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The intellectualism and eloquence of Zinedine Zidane finally seems to have managed to rein in the impulse of Florentino Perez to bring in established big-name stars and instead, for a change, give the youth a chance to glow in the all-white colours of Spanish capital-side club Real Madrid.

This change in stance of the president has seen Madrid capture the signatures of highly-rated youngsters Isco, Asier Illarramendi and the re-signing of talented Castilla product Dani Carvajal.

These three signings, along with the decision of new manager Carlo Ancelotti to promote Castilla stars Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez into the first-team squad next season could quite possibly result in the emergence of the second edition of the legendary La Quinta del Buitre.

La Quinta del Buitre were a group of five homegrown Real Madrid players, led by the FIFA World Football Hall of Fame member, Emilio Butragueno, who were the core of the team that dominated Spanish football in the 1980's.

Though Isco and Illarramendi are not homegrown - unlike Morata, Carvajal and Jese - these five together can form the backbone upon which Los Blancos can look to build their empire for the next ten years.

All of them are young, Spanish and eager to take on the world at Real Madrid. At 23-years-old, Illarra is the eldest among the 'children'. Morata, Isco and Carvajal are just 22-years-old and Jese is the youngest at the age of 20. 

The quantity and quality of these five young guys are sure to trigger memories of La Quinta del Buitre among the Bernabeu fans, as each of them are certain to feature in Ancelotti's Madrid team next season.

In Isco and Illarra, Madrid have bought themselves the future of Spanish midfield. In Morata and Jese, Real will be looking to have ended the drought of homegrown 'goal-machine' since the days of Butragueno and Raul. And in Carvajal, they have solidified their back-line by bringing inthe best right-back in the Bundesliga last season.

These five are now ready to step up and deliver upon the promise they have shown so far. Four of the five were recently crowned champions in the UEFA U21 European Championships and Jese scored five goals in five matches in the FIFA U20 World Cup, where Spain crashed out in the quarter-finals.

The youngsters have had plenty of praise, with a personal endorsement from Madrid legend Zidane, who knows a thing or two about football and Gines Melendez speaking highly of their talents.

New coach Ancelotti's affinity towards working with youngsters who, as well as having more than enough talent, are hungry for success, means that the stage is set for 'La Quinta del Buitre 2.0 'to repeat their legendary predecessors' heroics or maybe even surpass them.

 

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