After a mild regression in the second half of the last decade, La Fabrica has once again come back to life through an array of players. Real Madrid’s academy is once again producing the special talents it has a reputation for, and the likes of Rafa Marin, Sergio Arribas and Marvin Park represent this generation.
The normal career path for an academy player would be to make his way into the Castilla side and subsequently earn a place in the first team. Sometimes when a player cuts well above his level, he could earn a direct promise from the Under-19 side and Nico Paz could realistically do so.
As revealed by his official Instagram handle, the 18-year-old Argentine prospect has renewed his contract with Los Blancos and is set to stay in Madrid for years to come. Further, he penned a letter of gratitude to the club for all that they invested in him.
“Very happy to remain linked with Real Madrid and looking forward to improving every day. Very grateful for the confidence given and looking forward to proving it on the field. This is just the beginning.”
Paz is one of the academy’s brightest talents and plays in an attacking midfield position. The hype around him is justified, especially when one sees the numbers put up by the teenager.
His movements on the field speak volumes of how well he understands the dynamics of football while his strong, yet delicate left foot can give defenders a tough time. More importantly, he has a good instinct in front of the goal.
The Argentine has shone in the UEFA Youth League this season, scoring five goals in as many appearances. He averages two big chances created and 11 successful dribbles per game and is also defensively able with around 3.8 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per 90 minutes.
Nico Paz’s contract extension is certainly a positive development as far as Real Madrid are concerned. And it might not be too long before fans see him in and around the first-team setup.
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