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Zidane's future Real Madrid: Odegaard, Asensio, Mariano

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Borja Mayoral

While Lewandowski continues to be the headline maker for that Real Madrid no.9 jersey, Zidane feels like Karim Benzema needs some back-up after a number of absences due to muscular problems last season, Borja Mayoral is the cat already in the bag for los

Mariano Díaz

A barrel-chested battleship of a player who is Mayoral's biggest challenger to that spot as relief for the main striker. He's yet to make his first-team debut, but the Dominican destroyer exceeded all expectations finishing not only as Castilla top scorer but as pichichi on the entire Segunda B with 25 goals, statistically he scores every 68 minutes. At 22 and in beastly physically shape, it's his time to make that step up to the Primera where he'll almost certainly play if not at Madrid then on a loan deal or a sell-off with a buy-back clause. Zidane gave the green light for his renovation until 2021, and the manager will have to make a decision over the summer who has the talent but is there room for him in a star-studded, heavily-populated forward squad. Games played 2015/16: 29 Minutes played: 1,703


Martin Odegaard

The Norwegian princeling has grown into the Segunda B, blessed with balance and grace that promises much, Odegaard has begun to dominate matches more, but his goal return is still shy; two in a season and a half. He is still 17, but carries the hope of a


Marco Asensio

A similar player to Odegaard in the position he occupies and what he brings to the team, he has the jump on the Norwegian promise after a successful season in Catalonia with Espanyol. He's already said his heart is with Real Madrid: "I used to watch Zidan


Diego Llorente

Llorente has come out of la fabrica from the same mold as Nacho, in Castilla he played centre-back or on either side as wing-back, giving his all in every game. Llorente spent the year at Rayo where he had plenty of defending to do, but was also used furt

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Jesus Vallejo

Vallejo has a bright future ahead of him and is top of the pile on Zizou's in-tray. He was bought by Real Madrid last summer but loaned back to his Zaragoza where he's captain at 19. A natural-born leader who's had a few hamstring problems for which he's



His ascendance to the top team looks the most difficult, he plays a very similar part to Jese and Lucas Vazquez, only the exit of the canario would open up a spot for the young player. His year at Espanyol hasn't been plain sailing, but having tasted Prim