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There’s something very special about Real Madrid’s squad to play Fuenlabrada tonight

Every single member of Real Madrid's squad to face Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey has Spanish citizenship

For years Real Madrid have been synonymous with buying up the best foreign talent money can buy?

Cristiano Ronaldo? Cheque. Gareth Bale? Cheque. Zinedine Zidane? Cheque.

But Madrid’s squad to face Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey tonight couldn’t be further away from the free-spending Galactico era.

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Close those legs

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Close those legs

In fact every one of the 16 players called up to play against Fuenlabrada are Spanish citizens.

Six of the squad- Nacho, Hakimi Achraf, Alvaro Terejo, Luismi Quezada, Marcos Llorente and Borja Mayoral- are all born in Madrid.

But not all of the 16 will be able to play for the Spanish national team.

Someone tell Marcelo and Karim Benzema they can stay at home

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Someone tell Marcelo and Karim Benzema they can stay at home

Right-back Achraf, who impressed against Spurs, has already played for the Moroccan national team.

His fellow defender Quezada has already been capped by Dominican Republic.

Three of the squad still have decisions to make over their international futures.

Nutmeg incoming

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Nutmeg incoming

Goalkeeper Moha is eligible to play for both Spain and Senegal.

Defender Theo Hernandez is eligible to play for France and Spain, although he’s so far hinted that he’ll play for the latter.

And midfielder Francu was born in Argentina but has Spanish citizenship, so could play for either country.

The future’s bright

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The future’s bright

Remember when Barcelona fielded an all-academy XI against against Levante back in November 2012?

Well Madrid’s all-Spanish squad is likely to have raised a couple of eyebrows among their arch-rivals.

So who’s the king of the academy now?