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Real Madrid love to spend, and they have the funds to afford big names. But what if they gave their young players a chance and brought loanees back into the fold?
Take Daniel Carvajal, for example, who came through the Real Madrid youth system and was sold to Bayer Leverkusen last summer.
The highly rated 21-year-old, who plays as a right-back, has a clause in his contract that allows Madrid to buy him back this summer for a fee in the region of €6.5 million.
Carvajal has played 32 matches for the Bundesliga side this season, scoring once and registering eight assists. The Spain U21 man would be a good replacement for the 30-year-old Alvaro Arbeloa.
There are other "Canteras" who could be trusted to break into the side—like Nacho Fernandez, who could take over from 30-year-old Pepe in central defence. Juanfran, a right winger who has already made his debut for the first team, could take over from Angel Di Maria. And Jese, a classic No.10 who has already been courted by Tottenham Hotspur, according to Metro.
Ancelotti may have to buy new talent for the Bernabeu stage, but some of it is already waiting in the wings.