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19-year-old Real Madrid youngster will continue at club amidst Espanyol links

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Despite heavy interest from fellow La Liga teams like Espanyol, journalist Rodra has said that Real Madrid will keep 19-year-old forward Alvaro Rodriguez as part of their squad for the 2023-24 season. 

The journalist adds that the basic idea is to let him develop at Real Madrid Castilla and be ready for Carlo Ancelotti when required.

Ancelotti has full trust in Rodriguez

Back when 19-year-old Rodriguez failed to make it to the pre-season squad, news emerged that he could be allowed to go on loan before the beginning of the new season. 

As it turns out, however, the decision was rather technical as Ancelotti and Raul Gonzalez decided to leave him in Madrid keeping the Castilla team’s preparation in mind.

Rodriguez not making it to the United States tour does not really mean Ancelotti has excluded him from his plans.

Ancelotti will count on Alvaro Rodriguez. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

On the contrary, the Italian has complete trust in the forward and it is said that he will have his fair share of minutes in the 2023-24 season.

“For next season he will be in the first team squad because he has the quality that few others have. For his age, he is tall, powerful, and a formidable header,” Ancelotti had said about Rodriguez back in February.

Market demand

Seeing Rodriguez’s situation, several teams have tried to prey him away from Madrid. A few weeks back, interest from Serie A side Udinese surfaced while the likes of Getafe and Benfica have been credited with an interest as well.

Among those, Benfica might as well try their luck mostly because they are set to lose Goncalo Ramos to PSG this summer and Rodriguez could come in as a perfect replacement.

Fellow La Liga side Espanyol showed interest as well, but Madrid’s plan with the 19-year-old is absolutely clear. They want him to continue his progress in the subsidiary squad and the manager will call him to the senior team whenever the time is right.

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Real Madrid to start pre-season today with only seven first-team members

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Today, according to a report from MARCA, only seven first-team players from Real Madrid’s first team will be returning to training at Valdebebas.

These players are Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Jesus Vallejo, Fran Garcia, Dani Ceballos, and Brahim Diaz.

Real Madrid and their manager, Carlo Ancelotti, are gearing up for what could be their most demanding season ever. 

With seven major titles on the line, including the European Super Cup, La Liga, the Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup, they are set to play a staggering 68 games across all competitions over the next 11 months.

However, before diving into these intense competitions, the team will embark on a pre-season tour in the United States, where they will play three friendly matches against Milan on July 31, Barcelona on August 4, and Chelsea on August 7.

Limited firearms in the arsenal

Currently, however, only a few players have returned to training, while the rest are still enjoying their vacations following their extended participation in the European Championship and Copa America.

For those who are at the club, the challenge begins today at Real Madrid City, starting with medical tests in the morning and the first training session in the afternoon. 

Carlo Ancelotti will have only seven first-team members in the training today. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Ancelotti will initially have a limited squad due to the absence of international players, who will join the team gradually after their holidays. 

For now, the seven players who have returned will train alongside Castilla players, who are also starting their training today to help fill out the first team sessions. 

Need for new signings

Ancelotti’s current squad consists of 22 players, including two goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders, and five forwards. 

This season will see significant changes, with the departure of legends like Toni Kroos and Nacho, as well as Joselu, one of the heroes from their last Champions League campaign.

On the positive side, the squad will be boosted by the arrival of superstar Kylian Mbappe and promising young talent Endrick. Kepa Arrizabalaga is also absent, but his return is still possible, depending on the situation with Lunin, whose future with the club remains uncertain. 

Additionally, the continuity of Dani Ceballos is in question, and Real Madrid is working on signing Leny Yoro to strengthen their defence.

As the summer progresses, these moves will help finalize the squad that Ancelotti will rely on to tackle the daunting task of competing for seven major titles. 

The preparation and integration of new and returning players will be crucial for Real Madrid as they aim to make history in the upcoming season.

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