I'm a fan of Real Madrid because I'm a big Jose Mourinho fan, but the club's blatant disregard for youth has always left me a bit dissatisfied.
Now is Mourinho and the club's opportunity to change that.
Selling Daniel Carvajal was a major step in the wrong direction for Real, but there's still plenty of talent left over to promote.
Fernandez Nacho is a centre-back that has gotten three La Liga appearances for Real over the last three years as a youth product. Mourinho ought to give him a longer run in the first team, and see if he's good enough to cut it with the club's elite centre-backs.
On offense, Jese Rodriguez looked spectacular for Spain's side this summer at the U-19 European Championships, and it would be a shame to see him overlooked and discarded despite his obviously massive talent.
Mourinho should start the integration process now so that Rodriguez can be a regular squad member in 2013-14.
Alvaro Morata and Sanmartin Joselu are two centre-forwards who also should see more playing time as alternatives to Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain in cup games and weaker La Liga sides.
Year after year, Barcelona manage to add one or two youth players to their already congested squad, yet these youth players manage to get playing time and develop excellently within the club's system and philosophy.
It's time Real Madrid realized their mistakes, and started learning to adopt Barca's approach towards the nurturing and development of its youth.