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Ancelotti to test Real Madrid defender vs Mallorca before deciding on his involvement against Man City



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Following the 3-3 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday night, Real Madrid will now turn their attention back to La Liga where they face RCD Mallorca this weekend.

With the Man City second-leg encounter just a few days after the Mallorca clash, it is widely expected that Carlo Ancelotti will be rotating his troops for the league game.

Eder Militao set to start

As such, COPE reports that Eder Militao is in line to start his first game after eight months when Real Madrid take on Mallorca this weekend.

The plan is for Ancelotti to take a good look at the Brazilian after his return from injury and evaluate his overall fitness and match-readiness to decide whether he can start against Man City next week.

Militao suffered a serious knee injury on the very first day of the season and did not play again until late last month.

Militao to start against Mallorca. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

The 26-year-old made his return from injury appearing as a late substitute against Athletic Club. But he was not involved in the subsequent clash against Man City.

However, with Aurelien Tchouameni, who started at centre-back this week, suspended for the reverse fixture at the Etihad, Ancelotti now has to choose between Militao and Nacho as Antonio Rudiger’s partner.

“Nacho or Militão will play. The idea for the return has to be this. Don’t do a lot of calculations, like last year, and play face to face, like today,” Ancelotti said after the City game.

As such, he plans on starting Militao against Mallorca to see how the Brazilian international fares before deciding on the defender’s role for the UCL clash vs Man City.

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition



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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.


The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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