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Real Madrid’s Champions League squad list could halt some departures –

July 12, 2019

Real Madrid Requires four players brought through at the club

Real Madridare looking to make several sales before the end of the transfer window, however they may encounter a few issues with regard toa couple of players who had been tipped to leave theEstadio Santiago Bernabeu.

The lack of offers for the likes ofKeylor NavasandGareth Baleis not the problem. Instead, it is the requirement in theChampions Leagueto have eight players trained by the federation, in this case theSpanish Football Federation, and four who have been brought through the club’s academy.

UEFAdefines the latter category as “players who have been a part of the club in any category for three years between the ages of 15 and 21.” Right now, onlyDani Carvajal,Lucas Vazquez,Mariano DiazandNacho Fernandezwould meet those requirements in the first-team squad.

As such, it is worth remembering that a team, in theory, could present a squad list without any player born in their country, so long as they had a minimum of four members of the 25-man squad who had come through their academy. And of those, a minimum of four could have joined from other teams.

Due to this regulation, the potential departures ofLucas VazquezandMarianoseem a lot more difficult to stomach. One option to be able to sell one of the two, though, would be to allow one of the goalkeepers to depart –Andriy LuninorKeylor– and includeDiego Altubein the squad list as he would fill one of the four spots. This notion of an academy player does not include the likes ofCasemiroorFede Valverdeas they did not play for three years inReal Madrid‘s youth teams.

The quota of Spaniards right now is made up ofIsco,Carvajal,Sergio Ramos,Nacho,Jesus Vallejo,Alvaro Odriozola,Dani Ceballos,Marco Asensio,Mariano,LucasandBrahim Diaz. Eleven players, but of them there are several who are expected to depart in order to make way for the five new signings:Eden Hazard,Luka Jovic,Eder Militao,Ferland MendyandRodrygo Goes. Two ofSpain‘s heroes from theEuropean Under-21 Championshiptriumph this summer,CeballosandVallejo, seem certain that they will have to leave.Brahim, meanwhile, has many clubs who want to take him on loan. That would make up the eight players thatUEFArequire, four from the academy and four not brought through atReal Madridbut from elsewhere in Spain.

Not including the potential signing ofPaul Pogba,Madridhave 28 players, of which 17 are foreigners. Any move that they make in the coming days will have to bear this ruling in mind as choosing not to respect the rules will result in the club being given less slots when it comes to registering players for theChampions League, a risk that they will not take.