According to AS and Marca, Real Madrid are now revitalizing Real Madrid C for the forthcoming season.
The presence of two reserve squads by Real will be unprecedented since the 2014–15 season. RSC Internacional, who will play at the Valdebabes next season and change its name to Real Madrid C for the 2023–24 campaign, has allegedly signed a contract with the club. Last season, Internacional, a team two divisions under Castilla, achieved promotion to the third tier of Spanish football.
Just a few months ago, FIFA put new limitations on the loan market. The biggest changes for Madrid are that they will only be permitted to loan eight players above the age of 21 and that they will no longer be able to send players out on multi-year loans. It’s worth checking out the changes for yourself. This restriction will be increased to six by the start of the 2024–2025 season, which will be a significant setback for a team that has recently taken advantage of a rather lenient loan market.
A second reserve side might have some legitimate advantages in light of this. Having a C team might aid in playing and promoting Cantera talents to possible suitors because club trained players won’t count towards the aforementioned loan figure. Additionally, it would open up positions at Castilla where Madrid could perhaps deploy players who would violate the new loan rules (Take Kubo when he turns 22 for instance). A move into the second division, which would be extremely beneficial for producing future stars, may also be made possible by Castilla’s improved quality.
One can only conjecture as to the potential makeup of a new C team until a formal announcement is made, but Manu Fernandez and company seem to be making a smart financial decision.