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Rodrygo and Federico Valverde lead the Real Madrid renovation plan

Rodrygo and Federico Valverde ‘lead the Real Madrid renovation plan’ as Spanish press hail Brazilian as better than Vinicius Jr

  • Rodrygo and Federico Valverde have shone when called upon by Real Madrid 
  • The young duo both started Madrid’s Champions League clash vs Galatasaray
  • The Spanish press have singled them both out for praise following the victory 

Real Madrid youngsters Rodrygo and Federico Valverde have come in for special praise from the Spanish press after shining for Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Madrid narrowly overcame Galatasaray away 1-0 on Tuesday night in the Champions League in a must-win fixture – with both Rodrygo and Valverde starting for the Spanish giants.

The young duo stepped up to the plate in the vital European clash, having picked up just one point from their opening two Champions League games.

Spanish publication AS reserved special praise for youngsters Rodrygo and Federico Valverde 

Real Madrid midfielder Valverde caught the eye of Marca, who claimed he is 'here to stay'

Real Madrid midfielder Valverde caught the eye of Marca, who claimed he is ‘here to stay’

YOUNG DUO’S STATS 

Federico Valverde (all competitions)

Games:  7

Goals: 0 

Assists: 1

Minutes: 365

Rodrygo (all competitions)

Games: 3

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Minutes: 125 

And following the victory, both AS and Marca have been singing the praises of Zidane’s rising stars – describing them as the future for Madrid.

On AS’ front page on Thursday, they led with the headline: ‘They fly’, alongside photos of Rodrygo and Valverde.

They accompanied this message with: ‘Rodrygo and Valverde lead the Madrid renovation plan. The Brazilian is ahead of his compatriot Vinicius Jr, the Uruguayan is now a starter.’

Meanwhile, Marca opted to single out Madrid midfielder Valverde for praise, with the headline: ‘Valverde is here to stay’, before claiming he has ‘consolidated himself in Zidane’s XI for his versatility.’ 

Valverde, 21 years of age, has helped provide much-needed cover in midfield for the Bernabeu outfit, especially after missing out on Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in the summer.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Rodrygo has offered stiff competition up top so far this season as Eden Hazard and Co have struggled to find their best form so far this season.

Uruguayan youngster Valverde has given Madrid some much-needed cover in midfield

Uruguayan youngster Valverde has given Madrid some much-needed cover in midfield

Zinedine Zidane hasn't been afraid to call upon Rodrygo despite the star names in attack

Zinedine Zidane hasn’t been afraid to call upon Rodrygo despite the star names in attack

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