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.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.