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Santillana: Real Madrid must maintain ´prestige´

9 November 2012 14:58

Former Real Madrid striker Carlos Santillana says it is not easy for the club to give youngsters the chance to prove their worth.

The reigning La Liga champions have recently been criticised for their tendency to play new purchases over youth players.

But Santillana feels it is not as easy as most believe, with the club needing to maintain their image of 'prestige'.

"Football has changed. There are massive signings, they cost a lot of money and they have to pay for themselves, but it's not easy," the former Real star told Marca.

"Madrid have to support the youngsters, but they also need players who sell an image of prestige, which is very important for the club.

"That's why they need to strike a balance between the two, so that young players have a chance of debuting with the first team."

Iker Casillas and Alvaro Arbeloa are the only two regular starters at the Santiago Bernabeu who came through the club's youth academy.

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