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Ancelotti sees Real Madrid starlet as a ‘natural replacement’ for Benzema, says agent



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Speaking on Uruguayan radio Sport 890 (h/t AS), Alejandro Camano, the agent of Real Madrid starlet Alvaro Rodriguez has opened up on how manager Carlo Ancelotti rates the teenage striker very highly.

The 18-year-old striker signed for Real Madrid’s youth academy in 2020, arriving from Girona. After impressing at the youth level and for the Castilla team, Rodriguez got his first-team break in the ongoing campaign and he has made the most of it.

In six senior appearances for Ancelotti’s team, Rodriguez has scored and assisted one goal apiece and looked bright each time he has taken the pitch.

Camano, speaking about the Uruguayan prodigy’s first-team prospects at Real Madrid, insisted that Rodriguez is viewed as the natural replacement for captain Karim Benzema in case he is unavailable due to some reasons.

“The clubs have their intentions. Ancelotti considers Álvaro a natural replacement when something happens to Benzema and Real Madrid Castilla is in a position to be promoted to Segunda A, which has not been achieved at that club for a long time,” he said.

“In terms of minutes (with Madrid’s first team), it is not important what he adds up to but he is at the best club in the world and his international profile is tremendous at only 18 years of age. He arrived from the South American Championship, made his debut, scored a goal, made assists…,” he added.

Ancelotti has previously spoken very highly of the 18-year-old Rodriguez, who has netted ten goals in 37 matches for Raul’s Castilla so far in his career.

And despite rumours about Real Madrid wanting to sign a new striker in the summer, it is expected that the Uruguayan ace will be promoted to the first-team setup next season.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez has not been involved in recent games and Camano confirmed that the young striker was dealing with an injury, as he said:

“Álvaro currently has a small, very minor tear in the hamstring area. He stopped the previous weekend and in the next few days he will gradually return to training.”

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“Heartbreaking” – Real Madrid superstar reacts to Euro 2024 final loss to Spain



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Jude Bellingham’s Euro 2024 campaign came to a heartbreaking end as England slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Spain in the final.

Bellingham was one of the better players for England in what was a hard-fought affair at the Olympiastadion. However, the Real Madrid star was not able to get his team over the line, with England conceding a late winner from Mikel Oyarzabal.

Jude Bellingham on Euros defeat

Bellingham was visibly disappointed at the result and was seen storming off the pitch and even kicking a drinks cooler in frustration.

Speaking to a press after the defeat, Bellingham expressed his thoughts, calling it a ‘heartbreaking result’.

“We all wanted nothing more than to make history and make people of England proud but we didn’t deliver. Going forward we will analyze it, it’s a young group,” he said (h/t Daily Mail).

Heartbreaking end to Euro 2024 campaign for Bellingham (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Bellingham was indeed one of the more important players for an England side, which was criticised by many for their underwhelming performances

However, the Real Madrid star also looked at the positive. “It’s disappointing because we have to deliver at some point but there are things we can take from this,” he said.

“As a team, we will take the positives and negatives and we have to find a way to get it over the line,” the midfielder added.

While the defeat to Spain was certainly a blow for young Bellingham, the Englishman can hold his head up high, as he is coming on the back of a tremendous campaign that saw him secure the La Liga and the Champions League title.

For now, Bellingham will be looking forward to an extended summer break, before shifting his focus back to Real Madrid ahead of the new season.

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