Both were associated with moving to Real Madrid this summer. Still, neither one nor the other would have guaranteed playing time at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Two most talented youngsters on the planet

Erling Haaland and Eduardo Camavinga are the two most sought-after youngsters on the planet. Both were associated with moving to Real Madrid this summer. But neither one nor the other would have guaranteed to play time at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. It was for similar reasons that Los Blancos missed out on Kylian Mbappe. Who wanted to be sure that he would play at a time when the BBC trident was at the top of their game. Since the arrival of Sergio Ramos in 2005, many young people have struggled to gain a foothold at Real Madrid. It’s a challenge that is now facing, such as Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Reinier Jesus, Brahim Diaz, Fede Valverde, and Andriy Lunin right now. Some succeeded, as did Valverde, who, even after the difficult campaign of 2018/19, made it to the starting line-up this season.

A lot of young players are struggling at Madrid

Some, however, found it challenging to achieve the desired effect. An example of this is Theo Hernandez, who signed for Los Blancos as a 19-year-old and faded into the shadows of Marcelo after a season and a half. Martin Odegaard, Jesus Vallejo, Achraf Hakimi, Borja Mayoral, and Luca Zidane have also forced to look elsewhere, at least temporarily, due to lack of opportunities. In 2016, Marcos Asensio signed a contract with Real Madrid 20-year-old, but could not nail the starting place. The same goes for academy graduates such as Аlvaro Morata and Jesé Rodriguez, who were forced to pursue careers elsewhere. Patience can often be essential in these situations, and Raphael Varane is a role model in this case.

He had second thoughts after he was behind both Ramos and Pepe in the buttonhole after arriving as an 18-year-old in 2011. However, the Frenchman got stuck with him. Managed to break this particular partnership and established himself as a critical player in the club. Other talented young people, such as Sergio Canales, Royston Drenthe, and Gonzalo Higuain, were not as successful. The list of associates is extensive when it comes to Real Madrid and young people. A list that Haaland and Camavinga would not want to join.