Local full-back Dani Carvajal started his career at the Real Madrid youth academy and is particularly noted for his speed and the composure he displays in his position. He has been a regular at all level of Spanish international youth football and has earned a European Championship medal at Under -19 and Under-21 level.
In 2012 he signed for Bayer Leverkusen where he showed both his defensive skills and his ability to push forward and attack (he scored 1 goal and made 7 assists in his season in the Bundesliga). His great work rate, his speed and physical strength all led the German newspaper Bild to choose him as the best right-back in the German league.
Thanks to his excellent performances in Germany, Carvajal came back to Real Madrid in July 2013 to join the first team. When he left Bayer Leverkusen, the German club’s executive director Wolfgang Holzahauser spoke of the "great impression as a person and as a sportsman" that Carvajal had made there. "We’re sorry to see him leave, but this is his chance to fulfill his boyhood dream to play in the first team at Real Madrid. He is a Real Madrid fan and we wish him all the best for the future as a footballer".