On the last day of the January transfer window, Real Madrid Castilla signed Brazilian 20-year-old, Carlos Henrique Casimiro or Casemiro from São Paulo. He joins on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.
He plays as a central midfielder but has the ability to play in multiple places in the middle of the park.
Casemiro had previously been linked with Juventus, AC Milan and Arsenal for a staggering £10 million. His agent in 2011 claimed he was being pursued by Inter Milan, PSG, Manchester United and Real Madrid. Later he flirted with the idea of a “dream move” to AS Roma.
He played for the winning Brazil U20 team at the South American Youth Championship in 2011 and won the Copa Sudamericana in 2012 with São Paulo. He has also featured with the Brazil national team on three occasions.
Despite signing for Real Madrid Castilla, Casemiro has set his sights on playing for the senior side one day. “I’m going to play in the first team of Real Madrid” he told Lance.
His agent, Joseph Lee, also echoed the enthusiasm, “Casemiro is not a player suited for a reserve team. For us, the aim is not for him to play in the B team, but he will make the necessary adaptations playing for Castilla and then go to the first team.”
Antonio Martinez however is heading out of Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano by joining Mirandes back on loan until the end of the season. He played with Mirandes last season as well.
A collision with Nacho kept him out injured for a lengthy period thus affecting his playing time this season with Castilla. Even after returning, he wasn’t in Alberto Toril’s plans and it has been deemed fit by the club and the player for him to go on loan.
Antonio did not feature even once in the first half of the season.