Real Madrid have reportedly completed the signing of 15-year-old Spanish goalkeeping prodigy Ruben Montero from the academy of Albacete.
According to a report from Defensa Central, La Liga giants Real Madrid are continuing to strengthen their ranks on the youth team front quite strongly, with Ruben Montero being the latest arrival at La Fabrica from Albacete.
Montero is just 15 years of age but has already played in the Juvenil Nacional league for Albacete’s Under-18 side and is regarded as one of the finest talents in his age group in the country. The young goalkeeper had been followed by a host of big clubs across Spain but Real Madrid have beaten their competitors to the punch by clinching the signing of Montero.
The 15-year-old’s transfer comes only days after Real Madrid clinched the transfer of another promising young Spanish talent in Jose Maria Arevalo, who signed from Tiro Pichon towards the end of last month. With Montero also now arriving, the Spanish heavyweights are continuing to lay the foundation to build stars for the first-team from within the club’s academy.
Real Madrid have signed 15-year-old Albacete’s goalkeeper Rubén Montero from Albacete for the next 3 seasons. This season he played with the Juvenil B (U18) of Albacete despite his young age. He was also followed by Barcelona and Real Betis.@TribunaAlbacete pic.twitter.com/ahwtNNoo57
— Real Madrid Fabrica (@FabricaMadrid) June 4, 2021
Upon completion of the transfer, Montero, speaking to 5MaselDescuento, said (h/t Defensa Central), “I am very happy, it is not something that everyone can do. It is very difficult to achieve and it takes many years of work.”
Montero also thanked Albacete and his former coaches for their support, saying “It’s hard after being here for 5 years, I have to thank the coaches, teammates and board of directors for everything that Alba has given me, it’s difficult to separate from a team where you’ve been here for so long.”
Despite the arrivals of Arevalo and now Montero, Real Madrid are far from done with their recruitment on the youth front. The Merengues have been heavily linked with a move for Argentine prodigy Gonzalo Sosa – something that was confirmed by the teenager’s agent himself. In addition, there is also interest in Cordoba’s 20-year-old midfielder Alberto Del Moral, who is seen as an addition to the Real Madrid Castilla team.
At the same time, though, some serious recruitment is expected at the first-team level as well, following a season which saw Real Madrid finish without a trophy. With Carlo Ancelotti back at the helm, the Italian tactician will want to bring in new players fitting into his plans while also getting rid of some of the deadwood from the roster but the financial situation will make things harder than usual. All in all, a huge summer beckons Real Madrid.