Is Real Madrid's youth policy crumbling? Where Los Blancos messed up with Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard
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Somewhere in Real Madrid’s sporting vision, one that has recently been lauded as a flag-bearer of rebuilding the right way by signing the best young players in the world, lies a hidden message: It is incredibly hard to juggle youth development and success at the highest level, even when you have put so much emphasis in doing so. 

Real Madrid have long been a buyer, not a seller. As the financial landscape dramatically shifts, and buying power veers towards privately-owned clubs, Florentino Perez has pivoted to scouting younger players and grooming them - with less reliance on luring the super-duper stars that have come to the Bernabeu over the past two decades.

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