AM: Oscar Rodriguez, 20
Many of the young talents brought to the Bernabeu in recent years have come from abroad, including new €45 million winger Vinicius Junior and 19-year-old Martin Odegaard. But three of the club’s nine homegrown youth products in their 32-man touring party also travelled to the U.S. last year. So who are the emerging stars hoping to impress this time around?
Attack-minded left-back Reguilon has already played almost 100 times in Spain’s third tier, having spent the 2016-17 on loan at CD Logrones, where he scored four times in an October 2016 game against Bilbao Athletic. A Castilla regular under Santi Solari last year, he recently signed a two-year contract extension. The Madrid native is likely to under-study Theo Hernandez during the ICC.
Franchu has been attracting attention. Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images
El Escorial born De la Fuente has been at Madrid since he was nine. A strong, tall centre-back, he was a regular for Guti’s U19s last year and is under contract until 2022. He also made headlines with a “David Beckham vs. Wimbledon” style goal from his own half against Leganes last December, and the following month scored in a Spain U19 friendly against Italy.
As Madrid’s World Cup players take a well-earned rest, all those who have travelled are likely to get a chance to impress in games against Manchester United in Miami on Tuesday, Juventus next Saturday in Maryland, and Roma in New Jersey next Tuesday.
CB: Jose Leon, 23
Nine of Real Madrid’s homegrown youth team players have flown out with the senior squad for the International Champions Cup in the U.S. and will be hoping to impress new coach Julen Lopetegui over the coming weeks.
The oldest of the Castilla contingent on tour, Castilla’s 2017-18 captain is a left-footer who helped La Cultural Leonesa to promotion from Spain’s third tier two seasons ago. After more than a decade at the Bernabeu, he signed on for another two years with the club earlier this summer.
Real Madrid are taking nine homegrown youth players to the ICC. So who are the emerging stars hoping to impress this summer?