Callejon: Madrid youth talk nonsense

Real Madrid midfielder Jose Callejon claims a lot of nonsense has been spoken regarding the club’s younger players.

Boss Jose Mourinho has been criticised for neglecting Madrid’s young reserve players in the light of recent injury problems, accusations from which he defended himself, but Callejon feels every Los Blancos player is highly-valued.

“A lot of stupid things have been said about the youngsters. The whole squad are valued as Madrid players.

“There are some that go directly into the first team and others like me who have to step down to get back in again, but we don’t need to keep on deliberating the matter,” he told AS.

Callejon came on as a half-time substitute in Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund and his performance breathed new life into Mourinho’s men.

“I really wanted to play and I wasn’t nervous,” revealed Callejon. “I was keen to get on and help the team because I hope for these opportunities and try to take advantage of them.

“It’s the boss who decides but when I get the chance I try to do my best.”

The 25-year-old, who returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in May 2011 after a three-year spell with Espanyol, had a goal disallowed against the Germans for offside but said it should have been allowed to stand.

“It was not offside. I know it wasn’t because I saw the left-back directly in line with me. It was a legal goal,” he maintained.

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