Real Madrid boss Zindine Zidane has promoted promising Nigerian midfielder Marvin Akinlabi. 

According to Real Madrid youth team expert Julio J. Sánchez Barreda, Akinlabi was among the ten Castilla players who trained with the first team on the first day of pre-season on Monday. 

The 20-year-old impressed at the UEFA Youth League, scoring one goal and three assists in the last three games played by Real Madrid last season.

Apart from rewarding Akinlabi’s efforts with a place at the first team, Zidane really has to boost his senior team as major players Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio, Toni Kroos, Luka Jovic and Gareth Bale are away on international duty.