RCD Espanyol’s president has confirmed that he has agreed to a deal to sell Lucas Vazquez to Real Madrid for 1 million euros plus Burgui, a member of Real Madrid’s youth team.
If you’ve never heard of Lucas Vazquez then you’re not alone. He’s a former Real Madrid youth player who has only played one season in the top flight for Espanyol. He’s never been called up to a Spanish youth National team.
If you’re wondering why the hell Real Madrid would sign a guy that realistically has a close to zero percent chance of getting any playing time, the answer may lie in UEFA’s so-called “homegrown players rule.” Signing a guy who used to be a Real Madrid youth product makes it much easier for Real Madrid to sell its most famous homegrown player: Iker Casillas.
Real Madrid is signing Lucas Vazquez to get rid of Iker Casillas, the most decorated player in the club’s history who also happens to be a local product. What a time to be alive.