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The Portuguese trainer has an ally in the backroom staff at Los Blancos, who has voiced his opinion that young players should be lined up for a role in the senior side

Real Madrid sporting director Miguel Pardeza has spoken up in defence of Jose Mourinho, suggesting that Castilla's coach Alberto Toril could be endangering the quality of the first-team squad in the future.

Pardeza believes that Mourinho must be listened to if players from the youth squad are to progress into the starting XI in the future, with young defender Nacho being the current player in question.

"In the case of Nacho, there is a technical problem," admitted the director, speaking to Marca.

"Our coach knows the players of the Castilla well and considers the development of Nacho is to play wide. He believes it is best for the player if he is to play in the footballing elite.

"The coach, Mourinho, has passed on his thoughts to Toril. And the important thing for the first team is the opinion of our coach."

Pardeza also spoke positively of Cristiano Ronaldo's prolific start to the season, as Los Blancos' bid to catch up with league leaders Barcelona.

"Cristiano does more than give us victories and score goals. He is a real guarantee. Sometimes they are machines and we are people. But I see a very happy Cristiano and he's scoring goals," he said.

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