Champions League

Zidane trusts youth as he names his 25-man Champions League squad

Real Madrid have a reputation for housing the game’s biggest names, but under Zinedine Zidane the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu has become a place for youth to develop as well.

That is set to continue, as the Frenchman named a youthful 25-man Champions League squad.

Luca Zidane, Dani Gemez, Oscar Rodriguez, Luismi Quezada Alvaro Tejero and Manu Hernando have all made Zidane’s list, as well as Achraf Hakimi and Franchu.

The most striking of the 25 names is Castilla captain Jose Leon, who has never appeared for the first team, not even in friendly matches, and who spent last season at Cultural Leonesa.

Zidane will have the chance to make a new selection after Christmas, assuming the European champions progress from their group, but this current selection is the one that will take on Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL.

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