Ferran Quetglas: the Real Madrid goalkeeping talent signed from under Barcelona’s noses
Signed in the summer from Real Mallorca, keeper Ferran Quetglas dazzled for Spain’s Under-18s at the weekend, producing an astonishing triple save against Turkey.
Real Madrid continue to follow a strategy of recruiting the top goalkeeping talent to their youth academy. The latest example of this drive is the club’s signing of 17-year-old Ferran Quetglas, who this weekend starred for Spain’s Under-18s. In a game against Turkey, he pulled off a stunning triple save that saw him not only parry a penalty, but also keep out two follow-ups.
Quetglas signed in summer despite Barça interest
Quetglas’ performance against the Turks underlined why there is such excitement about him at Madrid. A keeper who is 6ft 3in tall, he was snapped up as a free agent this summer from Real Mallorca - despite attention from Barcelona, whose sporting director, Mateu Alemany, had been impressed by the teenager.
Hesitant Mallorca lose keeper to Madrid
Madrid’s swift swoop for Quetglas contrasted with Mallorca’s sluggishness in securing his future. Los Bermellones were hesitant to make him a first-team player as part of his contract renewal. Madrid offered him a more enticing sporting plan and, although he moved to the Spanish capital on a free, Los Blancos have agreed to pay Mallorca a series of fees for the youngster. Quetglas signed an initial two-year deal with Madrid, but the club plan to tie him down to a longer-term commitment.
Playing for Real Madrid U19s with Castilla in sights
For now, the keeper’s focus will be on finishing his high-school studies and excelling for Madrid’s Under-19s. Coached by former first-team player Álvaro Arbeloa, the team are currently immersed in a UEFA Youth League campaign, having won one and drawn one to sit second in their group. Meanwhile, Quetglas will continue to turn out for Pablo Amo’s Spain Under-18s, with Under-19s boss Santi Denia keeping tabs on his progress. He is very highly rated within the Spanish age-group set-up.
At Madrid, his stellar displays at international level are a source of deep satisfaction, as the 14-time European champions groom him to graduate on to the role of first-choice keeper for Castilla, the club’s ‘B’ team.