Liverpool FC look set to continue with their long tradition of developing young talent under Brendan Rodgers who is intent on blooding young players into his specific style of football.
And while that means the rearing of top young British talent it also encompasses the idea of identifying and bringing in talent from across the world.
And one player who has been on the agenda for a while has been Real Madrid youngster Mario Rodriguez.
Liverpool were looking to add the 16-year-old to their already confirmed acquisition of Pedro Chirivella from Valencia this summer as the common trend for Spanish youngsters to see bigger salaries in the UK continues.
But it seems that Rodriguez will not be joining the likes of Josimar Quintero and Julio Pleguezuelo Selva in leaving Spain for England this summer.
According to Marca the attacking midfielder has rejected the chance to sign for Liverpool and instead signed a four-year professional deal at Los Blancos.
The Spanish under-17 international is described as a player with ‘imagination and technical ability’ so certainly sounds right up Rodgers street in terms of playing style; which is probably why Liverpool apparently attempted to double his salary at Real.
But he has decided to stay and it is a real coup for Madrid. They have recently been criticised for not utilising their youth system like they once did with the likes of Raul, Iker Casillas and Guti; but with Alvaro Morata emerging as a genuine talent along with Jese Rodriguez this is another boost to their maligned youth system.
For Liverpool they will need to continue casting their net far and wide for players that fit the bill.
Here he is in action for Real Madrid’s youth team…
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