Only a handful of players in an entire decade can boast about the fact that they managed to grace the prestigious white shirt of Real Madrid and play in front of the Berbabeu faithful, coming all the way from the now lesser regarded Real Madrid Castilla.
Falling even deeper, when weighed for the purpose that the once renowned academy was built for, Raul Gonzalez was probably the most notable name that the academy of the capital based side can add to its ever diminishing list.
On the other hand, when compared to the ever growing name of Real Madrid’s bitter rivals’ academy, La Masia, Castilla holds little significance.
For the past few years, the capital outfit have lived under the shadows of their fiercest rivals, FC Barcelona, and to add to the merit of the Catalan club, they achieved all the unprecedented success with almost the entire crop of players springing to the first team through the ranks at La Masia.
According to a certain group of fans and media, Jose Mourinho in particular has been singled out as the one who discourages the growth of Castilla and does not value their stature.
Jese Rodriguez was the most recent Castilla player to have dropped a bombshell at the Madrid youth academy, as he demanded an immediate promotion to the first team, having waited a number of years to grab the chance that never came.
Jose Mourinho’s considerations have further been put to question in the aftermath of Rodriguez's ultimatum.
Alvaro Morata has been one of the few Los Blancos’ academy players who have got the rare chance to play in the first team this season and he acknowledged the fact that despite all the criticism, the Portuguese tactician is the best in the entire coaching world.
Marata stated: "[Jose] Mourinho’s the type of coach who is close to his players and treats the youngest members of the team very well," he said at a press conference. "He is the best coach in the world.
"I think the other day I felt pretty comfortable so let's see if I get the chance to play for a few minutes this time around," he stated. "Whenever I come on to the pitch, I give 100 percent."
Real have virtually no hope of catching up with runaway leaders FC Barcelona in this year’s La Liga and some Castilla players might just benefit from the situation as they look to follow Morata to the first team.
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