Manchester City lost an exciting player this week as Brahim Diaz returns to Spain four years after arriving in England.

Disappointed by the lack of first-team opportunities with the Citizens, the 19-year-old winger joins Real Madrid on a six-and-a-half-year contract that will keep him at Santiago Bernabeu until 2025. Los Blancos splashed a €15 million for the transfer, while they also included a 15% of a future transfer fee if Real Madrid sell him for a figure exceeding €17 million.

Real Madrid, however, have no intention of letting their teenager leave anytime soon and have set a whopping €750 million release clause to make sure the riches (of PSG for example) can’t touch their gem.

Diaz will pick up a cool €3.5 million per year at the European Champions and is confident he will manage the pressure that comes with becoming a Real Madrid player.

Brahim Diaz’s move to Santiago Bernabeu marks a kick-start of Real Madrid’s redefined transfer policy, the one that (unsuccessfully) started with the signature of Martin Odegaard. The youngest player to ever represent Real Madrid seems to have let the glorious chance slip through his fingers but Los Blancos refused to give up on the rejuvenation model.

Universe Collapsing

Los Blancos seem to have taken a bold step away from the Galactico policy and are doing it at the perfect time.

Sitting fifth in the La Liga standings huge ten points behind leaders Barcelona, Real Madrid seem to have given up on their domestic title charge. Instead, they appear to be focusing on two other objectives – defending their Champions League title – for which they are given 12/1 betting odds – and forging a squad that will give birth to future Galacticos at Santiago Bernabeu.

It already seems like forever since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club, leaving Los Blancos deprived of the bright light within. The Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric is failing to carry the torch Ronaldo left behind whereas the line of other world-class players within the squad is also falling short of the club’s expectations.

The collapse of the Real Madrid galactic voyage commenced even before Cristiano Ronaldo took off for Italy. Zinedine Zidane was smart enough to recognize a decline on the horizon and, with the Frenchman walking away,  Julen Lopetegui was left to collect the debris.

His replacement Santiago Solari was condemned to a similar fate but the brave Real Madrid warrior seems to be starting to embrace the challenge and introduce a new method that will help Los Blancos rise to glory once again.

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Future Galacticos

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez seems to have given Solari a vote of confidence and backed him to orchestrate a change of guard at Santiago Bernabeu. The likes of first-team peripheral stars such as Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Sergio Regulion, Daniel Ceballos but also Andriy Lunin and now Brahim Diaz could play an important role in rebuilding the Santiago Bernabeu galaxy.

With PSG and Manchester City emerging as a financially strong competition to Real Madrid, who are no longer able to compete for football’s superstars, a new approach has been devised and Florentino Perez seems to have recognized the importance of investing in future.

Real Madrid are picking up the stars of tomorrow – the players who will in five years’ time become a new wave of global stars. They’ve done the same in the past, of course, but the likes of Alvaro Morata, Asier Illaramendi, Jese and more recently Martin Odegaard are acting as failed experiments. Still, with a flush of new introductions – including Alvaro Odrizola and Rodrygo – the future seems bright for the Merengues.

Who is Brahim Diaz?

With the world still mulling over the final verdict of Vinicius Junior who was brought as a response to Neymar Junior, the eyes of the public are now peeled on the former Manchester City starlet.

The 19-year-old’s decision to leave the Etihad left Pep Guardiola questioning his mental strength, loyalty and character but Brahim Diaz is not a player who will strike you as weak.

Often compared to Barcelona wizard Leo Messi due to his silky skills on the ball, Brahim Diaz indeed boasts extraordinary technique. The ball is his best friend on the pitch and he takes such great care of it constantly that the ball never seems to be willing to leave his side.

The Spanish superstar in the making handles the ball with the same care and affection as Leo Messi and his former teammate David Silva, whereas his every move on the pitch seems like a thoroughly deliberated decision.

It’s a split of a second that tricks you into thinking he’ll shot where in fact he’ll move the ball past you or slip it through to his teammate. Well equipped to play as an out-and-out striker, Diaz can be used in any upfield position imaginable.

His movement, technique, decision-making and composure under greatest of pressures is what keeps him apart from his peers and much more experienced stars alike.

Destined for success, Brhim Diaz can easily become the world’s next big thing.