According to reports from MARCA, Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear to the administration that he sees the trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema as the backbone of his setup. All three players are untouchable to the Italian tactician’s dynamics.
It might appear strange how the manager centres his team around three veteran stars when the entire world of football concentrates on building around young talents. Yet, his standpoint is understandable given the value the three players continue to add day in and day out.
Real Madrid’s recent slump in form is the latest example of the team’s dependence on the trio. It comes as no surprise that the Merengues‘ poorest performances of the season coincide with the nights when all three stars fail to perform and the same can be said about the Clasico defeat midweek.
Benzema is arguably the one who has struggled the most of the aforementioned players this season, missing close to 15 big chances in La Liga and struggling to replicate his high standard from last season. His poor form has opened the doors for talks of a potential new signing, but it is clear that the Frenchman offers much more than just goals.
Kroos and Modric, meanwhile, continue to rule Los Blancos‘ midfield. Age has unsurprisingly caught up with both stars, yet, has not reduced the X-factor that they bring to the field in any way.
All three veteran stars have their contracts running out in the summer of 2023. Benzema is close to extending his deal at the Bernabeu but the situation with Kroos is not as clear as the German contemplates retirement.
Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s game against Real Betis, Ancelotti stressed the importance of veteran players in the side saying,
“I don’t think so (that the veterans are a liability). Of course not. They are players who think about what they are going to do before receiving. And they have that quality. They don’t run, they make the ball run. And they taught me that’s the important thing, because the ball doesn’t sweat.”
It remains to be seen whether all three remain at Real Madrid next season or not. But for now, the trio remain key to Ancelotti’s plans.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.