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Álvaro Tejero: the Castilla utility man set for Champions League action

Álvaro Tejero was one of Zidane's most trusted players during his time as Castilla coach. So, after his call up for the Legia game, what else is there to know about the Real Madrid youngster?

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Álvaro Tejero is the surprise inclusion in Zinedine Zidane’s squad to face Legia Warsaw in Poland on Wednesday night.

The Frenchman knows the 20-year old defender well from his time as Castilla coach; he was a regular starter for Zidane in the reserve side.

Versatile

Tejero’s versatility – he’s usually a right back but has also been deployed in both central defence and midfield – allows him to play practically anywhere on the field.

Alvaro Tejero

When Zidane was in charge of Castilla last season, Tejero only missed 12 minutes of action, and was later only absent for one game under Ramis due to suspension.

Copa del Rey appearance 

If Tejero does make an appearance against Legia, it won’t be his first for Real Madrid however. Rafa Benitez put him in his squad for the Copa del Rey win over Cádiz last season after which Los Blancos were subsequently banned from the competition for fielding the ineligible Denis Cherysev. Tejero came on in 88th minute of that game, replacing Pepe.

In March, Tejero was called up to a LaLiga squad for the first time for the match versus Levante, but didn’t make an appearance that time around.

Pre-season tour 

Zidane also brought Tejero – along with a group of 11 other Castilla players – on Real Madrid’s preseason tour to North America in the summer, and came on as a substitute against Bayern, PSG and Chelsea.