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Milla: Tough for youngsters at Real Madrid

Former Real Madrid midfielder Luis Milla believes it is difficult for young players to reach the first team at the club.

The 46-year-old, who was in charge of the Spain under-23 team during their poor showing at the London Olympics, spent seven years at the Santiago Bernabeu between 1990 and 1997 but learnt his trade at Barcelona.

Real Madrid have been criticised for not giving youth players a chance and Milla said it was tough to make it through the ranks.

”From the outside, all you can see is the gap between the youth and first-team players. Making the jump to the first team is very difficult,” Milla said.

“There’s a certain level, and the coach, who never tires of saying so, has a clear policy of not betting on the youth players.”

Following his retirement in September, former Madrid midfielder Guti told Marca of his intentions to coach the side’s younger players.

“I’d really like to coach the Real Madrid youth team. That’s my dream,” he said.

And with the ongoing controversy surrounding the role of the youth system under Jose Mourinho, he also gave his take on the situation. 

“I’m looking at it from a distance. I don’t have a reason to side with one or the other,” Guti said.

”I have the utmost respect for Mourinho and the utmost respect for (Castilla boss Alberto) Toril. I hope everything goes well – that Madrid wins titles, the best players play and that there are homegrown players amongst them too.”

Sat 10 Nov, 2012
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