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While Real Madrid’s senior stars continue full throttle in their search for success, with titles in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League both on the cards this month, the youth prospects at the club continue to showcase why there is ample reason for optimism in the future, too.

The U19 side progressed to the semi-finals in the UEFA Youth League this season, while three members of the B team, Castilla, have featured in first-team squads under Zinedine Zidane in 2016/17.

It’s not just at club level there is progress, though, with several starlets showing their potential on the international stage: Spain’s under-17 side have reached the final of the Under-17 European Championship, where they will face England for the third time since 2007, and where they will hope to improve on last year when La Roja ended as runners-up.

Here’s a look at the quintet of Los Blancos teenagers, from the back of the pitch toward the front, who have helped Spain to the last hurdle and who will hope to emerge with winners medals after the final on Friday, May 19.


Moha Ramos: Goalkeeper

First up it’s a name who might already be familiar to those who keep a close eye on the day-to-day activities at Valdebebas, Real Madrid’s training facility, in Mohamed Airam Ramos Wade—or Moha, as he’s known.

The 17-year-old is the back-up goalkeeper for Spain at the U17 Euros, but has played once, a 1-1 draw in the final group match against hosts Croatia.

His call-up has come as a result of impressing at youth level at Real Madrid, and it’s not just the national team who have been watching: Marca reported Moha being called up to train with Real’s first team by personal invitation of manager Zidane just before the turn of the year.

On the Real official website, Moha describes himself as having a big reach, thanks to his size and stature, and says he offers security to the team, while his bio also suggests he excels aerially and has good technique.

Moha joined Madrid from Tenerife and has been at Real since 2014, this term being part of the Juvenil B side.


Victor Chust Garcia: Defender

Into the centre of the back line, Victor Chust Garcia has played a pivotal role for the national team thus far, playing all but one match during the run to the final and not receiving a single booking so far.

Brought in from Valencia in 2012, the now-17-year-old has progressed through the ranks at La Fabrica and plays around 50 matches a season for Los Blancos, as reported in an interview with him and coach Daniel Poyatos after the Weifang Cup last year, per Xinhua News.

The right-footed centre-back is described by the club website as being “strong, forceful and aggressive in his defensive work,” while Victor himself suggests being particularly adept in dealing with aerial threats is also in his skill set.

With Victor in the back four, Spain have been reasonably impressive since the opening minutes of the tournament in Croatia; two goals conceded in the first 11 minutes in the first game was a blip, not a sign of things to come, as they have since been far stronger.

Turkey didn’t add to those early strikes, Italy only netted in injury time in the second match, France scored once early on in the quarters and Germany failed to net at all in the semis, with Chust playing every minute of those fixtures.


Antonio Blanco Conde: Midfielder

Another core component of the Spain side in Croatia, Antonio Blanco Conde has started four of the five games thus far and come on as sub in the other to excellent effect, scoring a last-minute equaliser.

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