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Del Bosque urges Real to nurture Spanish talent

May 22, 2009

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque admits he would prefer to see former club Real Madrid return to using more home-grown talent in the future rather than splashing out on big-name players and coaches.

With presidential elections taking place this summer, Madrid are already being linked with a host of superstar signings, especially as one of the candidates is Florentino Perez who in his previous tenure presided over the famous galacticos policy.

That policy saw Madrid sign up leading players such as Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham, and if election favourite Perez returns to the hotseat this summer then it could be a case of deja vu for the Madrid fans.

However, Del Bosque, who made more than 300 appearances as player for Madrid before managing the Spanish giants in three different spells, does not feel that is necessarily the right way to go, pointing out that historically the club have done well by promoting from within.

"I know Real Madrid very well, since 1968, and I believe in the traditions of Madrid, not of superficiality or being sugar-coated," he told Onda Cero. "I like things more humble and more simple, whilst also trying to win and play good football.

"I was in the first team for 11 years and remember that Barca always signed great players, the best in the world, and we took one, had more players from the youth team, and we won five league titles.

"Real Madrid associate galacticos to (winning) the European Cup. And this is wrong. Ronaldo and Beckham didn`t win it there. Those who did it after 32 years were the likes of Roberto Carlos, Panucci and Seedorf. This same group, with very few additions, then returned to win it again. So I look at the big names with some reservation."

Del Bosque also believes that Michel would make a good coach of Madrid, likening him to Pep Guardiola who has had a remarkable first season in charge of Barcelona.

Michel, the former Madrid and Spain midfielder, recently took charge of Getafe having previously been the youth team coach at the Bernabeu.

"He is the Guardiola of Real Madrid. I have a lot of faith in him. He is reference for the youth team and for the first team," Del Bosque said.