The recent El Clasico revealed a lot of shortcomings in Carlo Ancelotti’s side. One amongst them was the fragility at left-back.
In the absence of Ferland Mendy, the manager had no solid backup on the night. While Marcelo is indeed an option on other days, his future at Madrid beyond this season is uncertain, especially due to his age.
Florentino Perez knows that left-back is a position in severe need for reinforcements. Two options are on the horizon: Fran Garcia, who has had an impressive season at Rayo Vallecano, or Real Madrid Castilla star Miguel Gutierrez.
According to reports from Diario AS, Real Madrid are yet to make a final decision between the two for next season. The management are open to negotiating a transfer for the latter to see how he evolves.
At the moment, Miguel has a contract until 2024 with a €40 million release clause. However, the player and his entourage prefer the player’s continuity in Madrid.
The 20-year-old is known to be a fearless attacker in the final third while being reasonably solid in defence. He has scored two goals and provided eight assists this season including one with the first team at Benito Villamarin. Statistically, he spends as much time in the opposition half as he does on his own.
While promoting Miguel is certainly a promising option, Ancelotti has not been the biggest advocate of trusting academy players. Similar to how Achraf Hakimi was loaned and eventually sold by Los Blancos, Miguel too could be shown the exit door for economic reasons.
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.