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Odegaard, Achraf and the top five teenage stars to watch at Real Madrid

13:53 EAT 28/03/2017
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Goal takes a look at some of the emerging talents at La Fabrica who could make the first team for Los Blancos in the coming campaigns

From Emilio Butragueno and Raul to Guti, Iker Casillas, Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid's youth system has long provided quality players for the first team at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Others, like Juan Mata, Alvaro Negredo and Roberto Soldado, have had to move away to find success, but La Fabrica continues to produce talent both for Real and others.

So, which players are the next in line? Here, Goal takes a look at five talents to keep an eye on...


Achraf Hakimi is an 18-year-old right back who is already a Moroccan international and he looks set to be the next homegrown talent to make his full debut for Los Blancos.

The teenager was included in the aquad to face Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey earlier this season amid an injury crisis, but is yet to feature for the senior side in an official game.

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Achraf is fast, with good technique and loves to attack. A prolific goalscorer, he previously played as a winger and is adept at carrying the ball forward.

The Moroccan turned out against Paris Saint-Germain in pre-season and has been compared to another graduate from La Fabrica at right-back, Dani Carvajal.


Sergio Diaz was bought by Real Madrid from Cerro Porteno and is only the second Paraguayan player in the club's history.

The young striker could also be the first ever from the South American nation to feature for Madrid's first team (after fellow forward Javier Acuna never made it that far).

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Diaz made his debut in Paraguay's Primera Division at the age of 15 and moved to Madrid last year.

Short in stature but strong and skillful, Diaz has been nicknamed "Kun" after Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and despite only eight goals so far this season, Madrid have high hopes for the 19-year-old Paraguayan.


Martin Odegaard is perhaps the most high-profile player at youth level for Real Madrid - but the Norwegian midfielder is currently away on loan at Dutch side Heerenveen.

Signed as a 16-year-old in January 2015, Odegaard made his full Madrid debut as a substitute when he replaced none other than Cristiano Ronaldo in the 7-3 win over Getafe on the last day of the 2014-15 season.

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The Norwegian has appeared only once for the first team since then, however - in the 6-1 victory over Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey this term - and moved to the Netherlands on a year-and-a-half loan move in January.

An attacking midfielder with bags of talent and superb technique, it is hoped he will develop away from the spotlight and be in contention for a first-team place when he returns to Madrid next year. 


Mink Peeters is a former Ajax attacking midfielder who is now one of the most exciting players in Real Madrid's youth academy. The youngster moved to Madrid in 2014 despite the efforts of Ajax legend Johan Cruyff to keep him at the Amsterdam-based club.

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Mink, who now turns out for Guti's Juvenil A side, is a creative player with great vision, pace and the ability to make things happen in the final third.

After a spell out through injury last year, Mink is back performing well this season and scored twice against Monaco in the UEFA Youth Lague last month. He will be 19 in May and this year will be key in his development.


Federico Valverde is an 18-year-old Uruguayan midfielder who was signed up by Real Madrid after a sole season in the first team with Penarol in his homeland.

A powerful presence with a strong shot, the young South American also has excellent technique and has impressed his coach at Castilla, former Madrid midfielder Santiago Solari.

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"Valverde generates a lot of play in midfield," Solari said last year. And the player's former coach at Penarol, Pablo Bengoechea, stated in 2015: "I have never seen a 16-year-old with so many virtues."

Valverde looks up to Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, but his style of play has been likened to Italy legend Andrea Pirlo and he is nicknamed 'Pajarito' ('Little bird'). Madrid will hope he can fly all the way to the first team!