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Ancelotti wants former Real Madrid academy ace, can be signed for €5 million

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According to the latest reports from MARCA, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti wants the club to re-sign former academy prospect Fran Garcia in the summer of 2023.

The 23-year-old left-back rose through the youth ranks at Real Madrid and went on to make over 50 appearances for the Castilla outfit. He featured once for the Merengues’ senior team, in a Copa del Rey clash in December 2018, even registering an assist.

However, Garcia left Real Madrid to sign for Rayo Vallecano in 2020. Having initially joined on loan, the young defender’s move was made permanent a year later. And he has thrived at his new club, becoming one of the most reliable left-backs in La Liga.

In 97 appearances so far for Rayo, Garcia has three goals and eight assists. He has been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign, which has compelled Real Madrid to consider re-signing him.

The report indicates that the possibility of bringing Garcia back to the Santiago Bernabeu is gaining more and more weight by the day with Ancelotti himself said to be keen on bringing the player back to his boyhood club.

As things stand, Real Madrid have Ferland Mendy as their first-choice left-back, with David Alaba and Nacho as backup. However, Alaba prefers to play as a centre-half while Nacho’s contract expires at the end of the season.

Furthermore, there is some uncertainty surrounding Mendy’s future as well, even though Ancelotti completely trusts the Frenchman, who also has the backing of the team, including compatriot Karim Benzema.

But given the situation with regard to the backup in the position as well as doubts regarding his own future, due to a lack of a new contract, Real Madrid want to strengthen the left-back area.

While they are also keeping tabs on another ex-academy graduate in Miguel Gutierrez, Fran Garcia’s signing is being favoured by the Real Madrid coaching staff, who believe the 23-year-old fits the profile of what the club are seeking.

What makes Garcia an even more attracting prospect is that Real Madrid can sign him for just €5 million in the summer. The 23-year-old has a release clause of €10 million in his contract, which Rayo tried to increase by offering him a new deal. But the negotiations did not pan out.

It meant that the €10 million release clause remained intact. And with Real Madrid still owning 50% rights of the player, they can get him for half that value, i.e., €5 million.

Several clubs from Spain and around Europe are keeping tabs on Garcia. But he has spoken of his desire to return to Real Madrid in the past. It may very well materialise come summer of 2023.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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