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JOSE MOURINHO CALLS UP TORREVEJENSE RUBEN BELIMA TO TRAIN FOR RAYO VALLECANO GAME
By Keith Nicol / 2012-02-25 18:09:34
Former CF Torrevieja Youth player, 20-year old Ruben Belima, may be about to make his big break into the Real Madrid squad due to a number first team players being rested. Real Madrid trained on Thursday with no fewer than five first team players absent from training because of injuries, but officials declined to provide more details.
Karim Benzema, Angel di Maria, Lassana Diarra and Hamit Altintop did not practice with the team and Madrid coach Jose Mourinho brought in Mejias (Real Madrid Castilla), Alex, Aguza, Ruben Belima, Sobrino and Barril (Real Madrid C) to practice.
Players who played 90 minutes in Moscow conducted a separate, very low intensity training session as the freezing conditions in Moscow last week took its toil on coach, staff and players, leaving them effectively exhausted. At the Valdebebas training ground, the squad was divided into three groups of Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Arbeloa, Coentrao, Ozil, Khedira and Cristiano Ronaldo who primarily concentrated on stretching and warming under the command of trainer Rui Faria.
In another group, the other players, including Belima, practiced at a higher rate, while Iker Casillas, Adam and Thomas Mejias worked under the orders of goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro. Thus, no one is ruled out of Madrid's match in Vallecas. From the 24-players who trained on Friday for Sunday’s game, Mourinho can field 18 of them, and although it’s unlikely that Belima will be in the squad, the progress he has shown since joining Real Madrid as a junior in April 2010 will delight all torrevejense and the coaching staff from Torrevieja who helped him develop during his years playing with the municipal school teams. Rubén Belima made his debut with Real Madrid C at senior level in December 2010 against Alcobendas Sport, in the Madrid Region.
This promising and skilful left-winger, though born in Móstoles, Madrid, lived most of his life in Torrevieja, where he stared for the municipal football teams, and also playing for FC Torrevieja in the Third Division for the first team at 17. In April 2010 he signed a contract with Real Madrid, joining the youth group B but while still serving his third and final year as a junior, his good performances led him to make his debut for Real Madrid C, where he has been playing ever since.
Belima can play left-wing or midfield and is building up a reputation for his speed and ball control, although with Cristiano Ronaldo also playing left wing, his future in the line up is uncertain but being that Jose Mourinho has taken note of his talent, it is not only encouraging to Belima himself but also all local torrevejense junior players, who realise that even players from minor football teams as Torrevieja, can be scouted and break into the big time as professional footballers.