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Notes & Quotes: April 9, 2019; Open Thread

James obtains Spanish citizenship and Real Madrid to make several academy managerial changes next season

Granada CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

James obtains Spanish citizenship

According to several reports, James Rodriguez recently obtained his Spanish citizenship. This now fuels rumors that he may return to Madrid after his loan spell ends at Bayern Munich this summer.

Whether or not James actually returns to Real Madrid, at the very least it means he can always pursue LaLiga again in the future without the repercussions of three non-EU player rule set up by the league.

Real Madrid are likely going to have the three non-EU spots already taken for next season with the additions of new signing Eder Militao, Rodrygo, and Vinicius. This now means that should James indeed return, he will not count against this rule.

The James situation has been an unclear one as of late, with no definite decision that James will stay in Munich or go this summer.

And, even if he returns to Real, there is no guarantee that James will start most matches as we saw prior to James being loaned out from Zidane’s first tenure. It really is a conflicting situation surrounding James that will finally get an answer in the summer.

Real Madrid plan two big changes to La Fabrica next season—MARCA reports

According to a new report from MARCA, Real Madrid are planning on some leadership changes to their academy next season with two managerial promotions.

The two proposed changes would affect Juvenil A and the Castilla. Xabi Alonso will reportedly take Dani Poyatos’ spot at Juvenil A and Raul, who currently manages Juvenil B, will take Monolo Diaz’s job in charge of Castilla.

It’s also unclear what would happen to Poyatos and Diaz, whether they are moved around or depart from the club completely.

While the report makes it known that this a proposal not a final decision yet, it is interesting to see how two former Real Madrid greats could be put into bigger positions of power at the club and work closer with Zidane.

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