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26-year-old forward’s future posing complications for Real Madrid

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A transfer window without confusion is no transfer window. The numerous possibilities over a player’s future can often be overwhelming and cause anxiety in club offices, and the same can be seen at Real Madrid too.

According to reports from ABC (h/t RM4Arab), Marco Asensio’s case is the most complex for the Spanish champions this season.

A few weeks ago, the winger made it clear that he would welcome an exit in the summer window, a year before his contract with the club ends. Though the player wishes to leave and Real Madrid want to sell him, Asensio does not have a suitable offer.

Several Premier League clubs have shown interest in the forward’s signing, but none have made a proposal that satisfies all parties. It is said that Los Blancos want a fee of €40 million for their 26-year-old star.

Earlier this week, Manchester United were reported to be contemplating a bid for Asensio. The Red Devils are not alone in the race, however, as Jurgen Klopp is looking to incorporate the Spaniard at Liverpool.

Asensio has featured in all three pre-season friendlies under Carlo Ancelotti and even scored one goal. While the manager continues to trust him, the winger’s demands for a salary raise make an extension almost impossible.

Last season, the 26-year-old made 31 appearances for Real Madrid in La Liga. He finished the league season with ten goals to his name in addition to three goal contributions in the UEFA Champions League.

As it stands, the pressure is on the club to engineer a departure given that Asensio is in the final year of his contract.

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Ancelotti’s dilemma: How will he handle a fully fit defense next season?

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to face a challenging situation in restructuring his defence for the upcoming season and that is largely down to key players like David Alaba and Eder Militao are returning to full fitness. 

Interestingly, this situation might put Antonio Rudiger’s spot in the starting lineup under significant pressure.

Back when Rudiger joined Real Madrid he was supposed to strengthen a defence already featuring Alaba and Militao. Despite their young age, these two had firmly established themselves in the team. 

Over the past two years, however, Ancelotti has consistently relied on the duo, with Rudiger and Nacho serving as their main substitutes. 

A big decision awaits Ancelotti

As the new season approaches, Ancelotti faces a dilemma similar to the one he had with goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois. A similar situation is likely to unfold with Rudiger and Militao vying for the right centre-back position.

It must be remembered that Militao suffered an untimely injury last season, prompting Ancelotti to choose Rudiger over Nacho, who, although right-footed, is also adept on the left side. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to assess his defensive duo for next season. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the season progressed, Rudiger proved his worth, becoming a mainstay in the defense. His physical strength, bravery, and aerial prowess made him a reliable choice. 

His ability to play out from the back earned him the respect and confidence of his teammates, overshadowing Militao’s absence.

Rudiger’s importance has grown

Rudiger’s importance grew further when Alaba got injured in December. He became the cornerstone of the defence, often partnering with Nacho or Aurelien Tchouameni. Even when Rudiger played on the left side, the defensive structure remained solid.

When Militao returned in the last month and a half of the season, he struggled to regain his previous form. The long recovery period left emotional scars, and he was not the same player he had been before the injury. 

Consequently, Ancelotti opted to keep Rudiger in the lineup for crucial matches towards the end of the season.

With the new season on the horizon, Rudiger’s strong performances will present a significant challenge for Ancelotti. 

As Alaba also returns from injury, Ancelotti will have to decide who among Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba will be benched. 

Rudiger has proven his capability, often outperforming the Brazilian, whose post-injury form is still uncertain. 

Adding to the competition, Real Madrid might sign Leni Yoro and even Rafa Marin could return from his loan spell which could further complicate Ancelotti’s decisions.

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