Journalist Jose Luis Sanchez has said via El Chiringuito TV that Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is very clear that the likes of Nico Paz and Mario Martin will replace the injured Vinicius Jr. and Eduardo Camavinga in the team.
Real Madrid have been dealt a massive blow during the international break, with both Vinicius and Camavinga, sustaining serious injuries while away with their respective national teams.
It is important to note that the team is already without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Eder Militao for almost the rest of the season while Aurelien Tchouameni is also out for the rest of 2023.
Add to it the absence of Dani Ceballos and Arda Guler and Los Blancos now find themselves in deep trouble.
On the other hand, even Kepa Arrizabalaga and Jude Bellingham are struggling with issues of their own but the magnitude of the duo’s condition is not that severe.
A breath of fresh talent
As a result of these recurring problems, Ancelotti is most likely to turn his head towards the youth academy as it has been made very clear that the team would not bring any new players in January to overcome this problem.
It is to be noted that both Nico Paz and Mario Martin have already played for Real Madrid’s first team, with the former also appearing in the UEFA Champions League match against SC Braga.
As for Martin, we have already reported the 19-year-old could well be an option for Ancelotti as a pivot. Now, the manager does have the likes of Toni Kroos and David Alaba to cover the position, but the 19-year-old could occupy this space in the event of absolute necessity.
Real Madrid like 44-year-old Premier League manager as a candidate to replace Ancelotti
The situation around Carlo Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid could not be more confusing.
Real Madrid believe that the Italian tactician has not committed his future to any third party and are now interested in renewing his contract beyond this summer. They hope to close the deal by Christmas, per sources.
Concurrently, however, the Brazilian Football Confederation are confident that the coach will join forces with them next summer and see the manager have committed his future to them.
Real Madrid preparing for both situations
Indeed, it is Real Madrid’s priority to renew Ancelotti’s contract beyond this summer, when it is set to expire. However, they are aware that the uncertainty does not bode well and are preparing for the worst anyway.
Los Blancos thus have a long list of potential candidates who could take over in the event Ancelotti leaves. One name on the list is that of Roberto de Zerbi.
Mario Cortegana goes on to confirm the same as part of his latest report. The reliable Spanish journalist states that Los Blancos like the Brighton & Hove Albion manager’s profile.
But he adds that no move has been made yet, contrary to previous reports stating that contact had been established.
De Zerbi is seen as one of the best managers for the long haul, for he focuses his attention on developing his players’ profiles from the grassroots levels. Considering the youth riches in Real Madrid, he could indeed be a good fit.
Ancelotti’s latest stance
The Real Madrid manager has been largely coy over his future in recent months. He has said on numerous occasions that he is open to a renewal although talks do not appear to be progressing beyond the speculative stage.
Earlier this week, the manager spoke to the media and addressed the volatile topic of his future.
“I feel very comfortable in Madrid. In the future, what will happen will happen. I’m not in any hurry, I’m very happy,” he said, hinting towards continuing in Madrid.
Yet, nothing can be said for sure in the world of football until it actually pans out.