Alvaro Arbeloa 'will join Real Madrid youth coaching set-up'

Former Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa ‘will join youth coaching set-up at the Bernabeu’ next season – with 37-year-old set to complete first phase of course virtually in a matter of weeks

  • Alvaro Arbeloa will reportedly join the youth coaching set-up at Real Madrid 
  • The former Spanish international is undertaking an RFEF Coaching PRO course 
  • Arbeloa has already worked with the club’s academy this year for the course 
  • Real Madrid have not confirmed which of their 13 youth teams he will control 

Former Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa will join the club’s youth coaching system ahead of next season, according to reports.

The 37-year-old ex-Spain international is undertaking an RFEF Coaching PRO course – and the LaLiga club will recruit him to oversee one of their youth teams, Marca believe.

It is understood Arbeloa has already been working with Real’s academy this season as part of the course.

Former Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa will join the club’s youth coaching system

However, it remains unclear which of the 13 youth sides Arbeloa will take charge of at the Bernabeu.

According to the same report, it is unlikely that he will replace either Raul Gonzalez or Dani Poyatos – who coach the Castilla and Juvenil ‘A’ sides respectively. 

Arbeloa has been undertaking the course virtually, along with 19 other footballers, and is expected to complete the first phase in just a matter of weeks. 

The 37-year-old ex-Spain international has reportedly finished his RFEF Coaching PRO course

The former Liverpool full back progressed through the youth academy at Real between 2001 and 2006, and went on to make just two first team appearances. 

A switch to Deportivo La Coruna followed, before Liverpool made a move under Rafa Benitez in 2007. He featured in the last few minutes of the Anfield outfit’s Champions League defeat against AC Milan that season, replacing Steve Finnan in Athens.

Arbeloa returned to Madrid in 2008, and helped the club clinch the LaLiga title with Jose Mourinho at the helm. 

Arbeloa (second left, top row) had been part of Spain’s World Cup winning campaign in 2010

Zinedine Zidane’s maiden spell in the Bernabeu hot seat also saw Arbeloa win two Champions League titles before his retirement in June 2017, despite largely being restricted to cameo appearances.

The soon-to-be youth coach also enjoyed a successful career on the international stage. 

He was part of Spain’s World Cup-winning campaign in 2010 and two European Championship successes in 2008 and 2012. 

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