Girona left-back Miguel Gutierrez is no stranger to Real Madrid. The 22-year-old defender joined the Merengues’ youth system in 2011 and while he did make 10 appearances for the senior team during his stay, he decided to move to Girona in August 2022.
The young left-back is now preparing to play against his childhood team in a situation that is extremely vague. For once, he will be fighting Carlo Ancelotti for the La Liga title and second, his appearance at Santiago Bernabeu is expected to be his latest audition for Real Madrid.
Gutierrez has been playing really well this season, but it’s not a surprise for many in Madrid. Fast forward to the date and the 22-year-old now appears to be on Real Madrid’s agenda as they look for a life beyond Ferland Mendy for the left-back spot.
Gutierrez is very viable for Real Madrid
Now, Carlo Ancelotti has always defended Mendy in his press conference, but it goes without saying that the management does not rate him highly.
The Frenchman’s contract is set to expire in 2025 and the team is not willing to extend his stay, meaning that they would want him to find a way out in the summer. As for Fran Garcia, he hasn’t made a case for himself as well, forcing Real Madrid to look for alternatives.
It is learned that Gutierrez is in a situation at Girona that is similar to what Garcia experienced at Rayo Vallecano. While his release clause is €35 million for others, Real Madrid only need to pay €8 million this summer.
Ancelotti likes Gutierrez
As a result of Gutierrez’s development, a report from The Athletic has affirmed that Ancelotti really likes Gutierrez and he would be happy if the club decides to bring him back.
He and his coaching team think Gutierrez is great at finding open areas in the attack, however, they know that Real Madrid’s current players Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Jude Bellingham also prefer playing in those same spots.
The manager thinks that Gutierrez performs better in Girona’s tactical setup, where he plays like a winger alongside three centre-backs.
On the other hand, playing as a standard left-back for Madrid would pose additional challenges for him which is why the upcoming home game against Girona is likely to produce more clarity.
Either way, Gutierrez’s return is being considered at Real Madrid, who can re-sign him for €8 million this year. That fee will rise to €9 million and €10 million in the summers of 2025 and 2026, respectively.
The left-back, for his part, is attracting interest from top clubs in Europe but wants a return to the Bernabeu. But with Real Madrid also pursuing Alphonso Davies, it remains to be seen how things work out.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.