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24-year-old Real Madrid midfielder aiming to become a regular starter next season

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The transition of Real Madrid’s midfield has been a topic constantly touched upon in the past few years. Yet, the club’s infamous midfield trio have continually led from the front year after year as if they are not ageing.

The upcoming season, however, is expected to be one where the mantle is finally passed. With several young stars at his disposal, Ancelotti can finally begin to relieve the veterans of their responsibilities.

According to reports from MARCA, Federico Valverde is aiming to take a leap and be a regular starter for the upcoming season.

The Uruguayan international has been a regular part of Los Blancos’ first team since his promotion in 2018 and continues to be a key cog in Ancelotti’s plans. However, his path to becoming a starter is not easy.

Though Luka Modric will be conservatively used by the manager this year, Eduardo Camavinga is well placed to start in place of the Croatian.

Moreover, the second spot in midfield too has severe competition given that Casemiro now has a deputy in the form of Aurelien Tchouameni. Thus, it is implied that Valverde can only be a starter if he proves himself superior to Toni Kroos, Modric, and even Camavinga.

While it is certainly not impossible, it would require a tremendous effort for Valverde to bench the 32-year-old German. Nevertheless, the Uruguayan’s desire to push his limits can only be positive news for Ancelotti.

Last season, Valverde participated in 31 La Liga games for the Champions and provided just one assist in that duration. He also recorded one assist in the UEFA Champions League.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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