Real Madrid Stood out for his forward movement
Real Madrid‘s victory over Granada was, until things went a little awry, one of Real Madrid’s best performances of the season, and centric to that display was Federico Valverde, with the former attacking midfielder of Penarol proving his worth in a more defensive role in Zinedine Zidane‘s side.
Having trained alongside Diego Forlan at Penarol, Valverde was well aware of the rigours of Spanish football upon the announcement of his move to Los Blancos back in March 2016.
He’s now settled into life in the Spanish capital, but his friends still visit him when they can, but it’s mainly down to the presence of both his parents and girlfriend, Mina, that he’s been able to find consistency off the pitch.
On it, Zidane now sees him as a serious first-team player, especially at a time when Luka Modric is no longer an undisputed starter.
Juni Calafat has been entrusted which finding and securing the best young players from around the globe in recent seasons, and he can take credit for uncovering Valverde.
At a time when Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea offered the midfielder more money and the serious chance of first-team football, Calafat fought for Valverde to arrive and the benefits are now being reaped.