In just two years, the Real have seen parades on the catwalk leading to football retirement to authentic references of the club in the last decade as Xabi
Tight, Agirretxe, Zurutuza and Charles
Martinez and signings that marked an era like Charles
Candle or Of
Beautiful (these are still active). If we add to that the march of Iñigo Martínez to Athletic or the ordeal of injuries he is suffering Asier
Illarramendi, the locker room of the first team txuri urdin has been immersed in a very short time in a generational relay that, practically, has been total and has already concluded.
La Real will face the next season with references in their wardrobe that belong to a new batch, an unequivocal sign of the most prevalent feature that affects their booth: youth. The final goodbye of Zurutuza and the physical impossibility of Illarramendi to be able to exercise their mission of captain on the pitch, which is where the example spreads, they have ended up giving the helm of command to footballers who were already leaders but who now also become the most veteran of the squad.
Zaldua, Oyarzabal, Aritz
Elustondo and Zubeldia are now, with permission Illarra, which is not expected on the field until the end of the year, the footballers with the most las battles ’in Real. And that, if we consider that we are talking about two 23-year-old players, draws the state of affairs at Real. A foreigner like Willian
Joseph he would be the first lieutenant, in the antiquity chapter, of the más oldest ’of the place.
And it’s just Zaldua, Aritz and Oyarzabal They have been five years, or more, in a squad in which practically half of its members have just completed their second season at Real. Among those returning from the loan are more veterans like Rulli or Bautista, but it is not even clear that they will have a place on the official poster for the next campaign.
Thirtysomethings like Illarra, Monreal or Moyá (if it continues) they are seen as a ‘rare bird’ by the average inhabitant of a locker room that oozes youth from all four sides. All but six of its occupants donned the elastic of the Real for the first time from September 2017. A totally JASP booth that, seen from what it has seen and how it has played this season, is prepared to take on the important challenges that will come its way. above.
Gorosabel, who turns 24 on Tuesday, will be the next to blow out the candles in a squad that is 25.1 years old with the players with whom the Liga plus Zubimendi has ended. Gorosabel, like Merino, was born in 1996 but the most represented generation is that of 97 (Oyarzabal, Guevara, Zubeldia and Aihen). In 95 Januzaj, Sangalli and Remiro were born, in 92, Portu and Zaldua, in 99, Isak and Zubimendi and, from there, there are years with only one representative: 84 (Moyá), 86 (Monreal), 90 (Illarra), 91 (Willian), 93 (Llorente), 94 (Aritz) and 98 (Odegaard).