Spain Coach Vicente del Bosque has defended former club Real Madrid’s relationship with their youth system.
Los Blancos have been criticised for not giving the products of their ‘cantera’ enough first team opportunities. Coach Jose Mourinho has been at loggerheads with his Real Madrid Castilla counterpart Alberto Toril over the issue.
“I think Madrid have worked very well with their cantera,” Del Bosque – who has had three spells in charge at the Bernabeu – told ‘Zoom News.’
“And I’m not speaking in the past tense, all Spanish clubs have, and the clearest evidence is that Spain are world champions and the guys in our team have come out of a cantera, not from foreign clubs.”
The man from Salamanca had surprisingly kind words for Madrid President Florentino Perez, who sacked him in 2003 – “He is trying to make sure he does his best for the club” – but preferred not to give an opinion on Mourinho as he does not know him personally.
Del Bosque concluded by looking forward to the World Cup in 2014, which will be held in Brazil.
“We all have dreams, and one of those dreams may be winning that competition. Hopefully we can follow that premonition and fulfil it. It would be a huge thrill.”