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Ancelotti confident of recovering two Real Madrid midfield stars for the clash vs Cadiz

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At this point in time, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti can make use of any resource that comes his way. The international break is nearing its culmination, and it is safe to say that the hiatus has not gone well for the men in white.

Real Madrid lost Vinicius Jr and Eduardo Camavinga to long-term injuries during the international break and are relatively short-staffed heading into the weekend’s clash against Cadiz.

After all, the likes of Jude Bellingham, Dani Ceballos, Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, Aurelien Tchouameni, Arda Guler, and Kepa Arrizabalaga are also in the process of recovery.

Two valuable resources

Reports yesterday indicated that Los Blancos were close to receiving twin boosts in terms of fitness. Both Bellingham and Ceballos were said to be in the final stages of their recovery, and trained with the group and in the gym yesterday.

However, it soon came to light that the situation of both stars was rather unclear. It was said that their availability would purely depend on their progress this week, for both players were still far from 100%.

According to an update from Miguel Angel Diaz, Carlo Ancelotti is confident that both midfield stars will be ready for the La Liga fixture on Sunday.

This comes as a big news, for the manager has a first-hand account of the players’ sensations.

The midfield crisis

Out until next year. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid boasted one of the world’s most formidable midfield units this season, both in terms of strength and depth.

Aurelien Tchouameni bossed the defensive midfield position at an elite level, while Bellingham, Camavinga, Ceballos, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Federico Valverde worked in tandem to dominate the middle of the park.

With the two French stars now injured, Ancelotti is left with no natural pivot option. Toni Kroos is best placed to start in defensive midfield, while Fede Valverde and Modric could well take up the reins as the interiors.

If fit, Bellingham will be the manager’s default option in the attacking midfield. Brahim Diaz could step in if the Englishman does not make it in time.

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Real Madrid defender clarifies social media post after exclusion from Spain Euro squad

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With the Spanish domestic season officially complete, all attention in Spain is on the upcoming European Championships.

Transcending the divide of clubs, Luis de la Fuente’s men will head to Germany next month, hoping to better their semifinal finish four years ago.

A big development on that front came earlier today when the RFEF officially announced the manager’s provisional squad for the event.

Recently crowned Spanish champions, Real Madrid, had only three representatives in the squad – Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez and Joselu. Lucas Vazquez, notably, did not earn a call-up.

Vazquez sends a message

With 11 goal contributions in 37 games this season, it is almost astounding that Vazquez was overlooked by the Spanish management. The development, needless to say, came as a surprise to the player as well.

Vazquez soon posted laughing emojis on his official X account, seemingly mocking the coach’s decision to exclude him. He did, however, delete it soon after.

When asked about the tweet, the right-back denied it having anything to do with the Euro selection, saying,

“It had nothing to do with it, I give maximum support to the National Team. In the end, it is the coach who makes the decisions, we must respect him,” he said via COPE.

Set to stay

The 32-year-old right-back’s current contract with Real Madrid runs out this summer, and there has been no clear acceleration of talks between the parties to confirm an extension.

As revealed earlier this month, however, both parties are clear on their intent to continue working together for next season.

Despite his age, Vazquez has proven to be a more than worthy backup for Dani Carvajal and will continue the role in 2024-25.

The club’s hunt for a new young right-back and a long-term replacement, is this likely to be postponed to next summer.

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