Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
When Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka spoke about the club's cantera earlier this year, he told a half-truth (via RealMadrid.com):
Real Madrid’s youth academy is very good and it has been the same for a long while. We have always trusted in it but these players have to complete their progression through the ranks.
The club's scouting department is very good at recruiting youngsters, who are developed by other clubs, into the Castilla team: Raúl, José Camacho, Juan Mata, Roberto Soldado, Álvaro Arbeloa, Álvaro Negredo, Ádám Szalai, Luis García, Dani Parejo and so on.
It's not a knock on Real because all major clubs do this. The large majority of youth teams have a mix of recruited talents and grassroot players.
You can just imagine the fluttery feeling that engulfed 15-year-old Juan Manuel Mata García, who was playing for Real Oviedo , when Real Madrid scouts knocked on the door.
Recruiting is important because the chances that the club starts with kids that have world-class ability, like Iker Casillas, Manolo Sanchís, Míchel and Guti are few and far between.
The blatant lie is when Karanka says: "we have always trusted in it [cantera]." If that is the case, why isn't there a modern version of La Quinta del Buitre in José Mourinho's starting XI?
A player of Álvaro Morata's ability would have played around 70-100 games for the first team if club management trusted the Castilla players.
Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old Mario Götze, who is the same age as Morata, has played 89 games for BVB compared to Morata's seven for Real. Keep in mind, it would be a larger margin if Götze wasn't injury prone.
Speaking to El País, former Real Madrid youth product Borja Valero  talked about the limited opportunities he was given (via Football-Espana.net):
They [Real Madrid] made it impossible for me. I moved up through the ranks from the age of 11, but just when you almost make it to the top level, they tell you can’t keep moving up.
Somewhere in Mainz, Szalai is nodding in agreement.
 Bleacher Report's World Football Lead Writer Will Tidey published an excellent article about Real Oviedo's financial plight.
 One of the most gifted passers in world football, Valero was the 2010 Don Balón La Liga Spanish Player of the Year.