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Ancelotti has privately requested the signing of two players from Real Madrid – report

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Real Madrid have not had the best of starts to the year so far. If the surprising defeat to Villarreal in La Liga was not enough, the club succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals FC Barcelona in the Supercopa Espana final.

The Whites have also had a quiet January transfer window, even though the team is in a dire need of an overhaul, especially in certain areas of the pitch.

To that end, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has privately requested Real Madrid to sign a new fullback and a striker, even though he has maintained a stance of not signing any players during the ongoing January transfer window.

This has been reported by Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), who further suggests that Ancelotti’s request has been rejected by the Real Madrid camp.

It appears the reigning Spanish champions are not on board with the idea of splashing the cash in January, knowing they may have a busy transfer window ahead of them in the summer.

Not to mention, Los Blancos may also have to tend to the contract situation of several star players, including Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, all of who have their respective deals expiring at the end of the season.

Renewing the deals for the aforementioned players may require additional capital, which in turn, could cripple Real Madrid’s powers in the market.

However, the Spanish giants are expected to enter the market for a new fullback and a striker at the end of the season. The fullback area, in particular, is a major concern, with the club lacking a reliable alternative for right-back Dani Carvajal or even the left-back Ferland Mendy.

Mendy is even facing an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu, which may only accentuate the need for new fullbacks, as well as a striker that can prove to be a long-term replacement for the ageing Benzema.

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Real Madrid duo out of Mallorca clash, but could return for Club World Cup

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Real Madrid secured a 2-0 victory over Valencia on Thursday night, reducing the gap at the top of the table to their arch-rivals FC Barcelona to five points.

But the win came at its own costs, with both Eder Militao and Karim Benzema picking up fresh knocks that prompted their substitutions.

Benzema appeared to have taken a knock in his groin. He was substituted around the hour mark by Rodrygo, whereas Militao picked up a knock quite early on in the game, but continued to play. The Brazilian was ultimately taken off in the 36th minute.

After the game, it was reported that Benzema’s blow was not expected to be serious. And as per a recent report from Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, it appears both Benzema and Militao are set to undergo tests tomorrow.

First reviews suggest they are both set to be ruled out in the upcoming game against Mallorca in La Liga. But there is optimism they can be fit for the Club World Cup matches next week.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have been handed boost in the fitness of Toni Kroos, David Alaba and Dani Ceballos.

Both Kroos and Ceballos suffered from discomfort during the game against Valencia, with the former even being subbed off by Ancelotti. Meanwhile, Alaba is still recovering from the muscular problem that has kept him out of action for the last three weeks or so.

The report suggests all three players are expected to return to training tomorrow and will be available against Mallorca.

Real Madrid, though, may not have the luxury of having Lucas Vazquez back at their disposal in the coming matches. The wide player is still nursing his injury and it will be a surprise to see him return to full fitness for the Club World Cup matches next week.

Los Merengue are set to kickstart their Club World Cup campaign on Wednesday in Morocco, though their opponent for the semi-final encounter has not yet been decided.

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