Real Madrid have awarded youngster Alvaro Medran a four-year contract to keep the talented player in Madrid. According to Marca, the 18-year-old Medran signed his first professional contract for the club after he rose through the youth ranks. Medran being awarded a contract shows an investment in the youth at the club.
Medran is a talented midfield who has had recent success with Real Madrid's U18 team and is now playing with Real Madrid C. He is exceptional with both feet and is able to get into the box as a scoring threat. While he's very talented, Medran still has some developing to do in terms of putting it all together.
One of the biggest criticism's of Jose Mourinho's time as manager has been his willingness to go to the transfer market to fill holes with experiences veterans rather than use the youth system. With the amount of money available to him and the high expectations, it's easy to see why Mourinho would rather bring in players.
Former manager and now Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque even felt the need to defend Madrid's youth system in comments posted by goal.com.
By giving Medran a contract, the club is showing the investment into their youth system. The big question now becomes when and if Medran gets a chance to make his name known with top squad. If he sits with the lower sides for a while before being transferred, it will do the opposite of proving Madrid are committed to raising their own talent.
Part of the reason why they possibly gave Medran a contract was because Chelsea were lurking in hopes of stealing Medran away. Madrid's willingness to get the youth player under contract shows that they aren't just wanting to cash in on him.
Medran will need to develop some more before he's ready to play and rise up the ranks even further, but it seems to appear that he will be given the opportunity. With the ever-increasing transfer fees in football, it makes sense for clubs to start putting more into their own youth systems.
Madrid just has to look over at Barcelona and see the benefits of having a great youth system and rewarding those players. When you then supplement that talent with outside stars, you get a great club that's more viable than buying up a ton of stars and trying to piece them together.
This move has the potential to signal a change in the way the club deals with it's youth system. By rewarding their youth players and giving them opportunities to get promoted, Real Madrid is setting itself up for even more success at the top level.