Esteban Granero has defended Real Madrid's youth system.

Real have received a knock after their thrashing by Barcelona in the El Clasico and the nomination of Xavi, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta for the Ballon d'Or.

But homespun midfielder Granero says: "We have nothing to envy Barcelona. Madrid's youth system has little to envy the juniors of Barcelona.

"They are getting good results now, but Madrid has always produced good players. Footballers like Raul and Casillas also earned Ballon d'Or nominations when Barca did not.

"If you notice, the Primera Division is full of youth players from Real Madrid."

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