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Ancelotti retains full trust in Real Madrid youngster despite exclusion from US tour

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Alvaro Rodriguez made quite the impression in his few first-team minutes for Real Madrid last season. Such was the Castilla star’s impact that it immediately demanded the management’s attention and consideration to promote him to the first team.

In 84 La Liga minutes last season, the 19-year-old Uruguayan scored one goal and provided one assist. That number would have been even higher had it not been for a few millimetres caught by VAR.

Despite his impressive showing with the first team and Ancelotti’s relative lack of options in the final third, Rodriguez did not make the squad to travel to the United States for pre-season. The manager’s decision has certainly raised a few eyebrows.

According to reports from MARCA, the decision to exclude the youngster from the tour was a joint decision taken by Ancelotti and Raul Gonzalez keeping the Castilla team’s preparation in mind. Moreover, it was seen to be futile to carry many youth stars when the manager had a close to full-strength first-team squad.

Ancelotti’s trust in Rodriguez is complete, the Spanish outlet reports. Looking ahead to the 2023-24 season, the youngster will have his share of minutes with the senior team but his value to the Castilla side cannot be undermined.

The club are impressed with the physical form and level displayed by the Uruguayan in the pre-season and they hope to bring him back to his best in the coming weeks. His development is under the joint tutelage of Ancelotti and Raul.

As it stands, Los Blancos play their first pre-season game late on Sunday night against AC Milan. The game will take place at the Rose Bowl Stadium before the team travels to face Manchester United and Barcelona.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, will undergo pre-season with Castilla under Raul and could hope to join the senior team once the La Liga season gets underway.

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Real Madrid still waiting to see the best version of 24-year-old midfielder

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Midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has been at Real Madrid since 2023 but the Frenchman still hasn’t convinced the club’s hierarchy entirely, reports MARCA.

At just 24 years old, Tchouameni was signed for a staggering €80 million, a fee that could rise to €100 million with additional bonuses. This substantial investment reflects the high hopes that Real Madrid had for him, but so far, he has not lived up to those expectations.

Upon his arrival, the young midfielder’s potential sparked a fierce bidding war two seasons ago, with several top clubs vying for his signature. 

Ultimately, Tchouameni chose Real Madrid, but not before the club shelled out a considerable amount of money to secure his services.

A valiant effort to replace Casemiro

Initially, Tchouameni was brought in as a replacement for the legendary Casemiro. However, he has struggled to fill those big shoes and his performances have been inconsistent, with moments of brilliance interspersed with matches where he fails to make a significant impact. 

While he possesses excellent technical skills, his creativity and ability to influence the game are often questioned. As a result, he has yet to win over the Real Madrid fans.

One of Tchouameni’s strengths is his age. At 24, he still has plenty of room to grow and improve. He understands the high standards that Real Madrid demand from the players and is committed to reaching that level. 

Real Madrid still have hope

Aurelien Tchouameni hasn’t convinced the Real Madrid board entirely. (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

The club hopes that he will continue to develop and eventually become a leader in the midfield, especially in the absence of veterans like Toni Kroos. 

However, for this to happen, Tchouameni needs to step up and take charge on the field, asserting himself as a player his teammates can rely on.

Tchouameni’s reserved playing style has even caused coach Carlo Ancelotti to doubt whether he is the right fit for the midfield. As a result, the Italian has considered shifting him to a centre-back position due to his aerial ability and strong positioning. 

When called upon to fill in for injured players like David Alaba and Eder Militao, Tchouameni has performed admirably. In fact, Ancelotti once also chose him over Nacho.

Injuries have not helped his case

It must be noted that injuries have plagued Tchouameni’s time at Real Madrid, causing him to miss 20% of the matches since joining the team. 

Additionally, Ancelotti has kept him on the bench for another 20% of the games over the past two seasons. This means that Tchouameni has been a starter in only 55% of the matches under Ancelotti’s management. 

His absences have gone largely unnoticed, as he missed four of the six Champions League group matches and the final, having little impact on the team’s overall performance.

In summary, Tchouameni remains a work in progress at Real Madrid. His potential is undeniable, but he has yet to fully realize it on the field. 

With time on his side and a clear understanding of what is expected of him, the hope is that he will eventually rise to the challenge and become a key player for the team. Until then, Tchouameni’s journey at Real Madrid continues to be one of promise and uncertainty.

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