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Real Madrid could be at a disadvantage in the Champions League as two players are about to leave
Real Madrid could be at a disadvantage in the Champions League as two players are about to leave

The “de-Spanishization” of Real Madrid has been a minor topic in the capital in recent months. Los Blancos are likely to start next season with a record low number of Spaniards in their squad. This could have a negative impact on them next season.

UEFA regulations for Champions League squads require at least eight players to have spent at least three years of their football education (between 15 and 21) in Spain and at least four to have come from the club’s ranks. Currently, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Fran Garcia, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are included in this rule. With Kepa Arrizabalaga, Nacho Fernandez and Joselu Mato all leaving this summer, Dani Ceballos would be the eighth.

However, Ceballos is also considering an exit and if Alphonso Davies arrives, Garcia is likely to go too. Jesus Vallejo is returning from a loan to Granada but is expected to leave. Diario AS points out that if Ceballos leaves, Real Madrid would have to ask Castilla to register a full squad of 25 players for next summer’s Champions League.

That could be goalkeeper Fran Gonzalez or midfielders Mario Martin and Nico Paz. However, the latter two are also considering their future at the club this summer, as their chances next season are uncertain. They may have to go deeper into the team or perhaps even field only a 24-man squad in Europe. It should be noted that players under 21 who have been trained by the club can also play without registering.

However, it is becoming an increasingly bigger problem for Los Blancos – Carvajal is now 32 and Vazquez 33. While players like Endrick Felipe or potential new signing Leny Yoro could eventually count towards this rule, their transfer strategy may need to consider more Spanish players in the coming years, at least as rotation options.