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Ancelotti working with the idea that Real Madrid will not sign a new No. 9 – report



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According to reports from Jorge C Picon (h/t Madrid Xtra), Carlo Ancelotti has resigned to the idea that Real Madrid will make no further operations for a No. 9. He is not happy about the situation but is working to find a solution with the existing core of players.

Earlier this summer, the centre-forward position was said to be on top of Los Blancos’ priority list after Karim Benzema’s departure. Having lost arguably the best striker in the world, the board was willing to go all out and provide the manager with a world-class backup.

The men in white were linked with Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen, and Dusan Vlahovic among others, as they searched far and wide for a new striker. All that materialised, however, was the signing of Joselu.

While it is true that Ancelotti requires a new quality striker, the management aborted the mission keeping in mind the possible arrival of Kylian Mbappe. More than the financial aspect, it boiled down to the question of overlapping roles between a star signing this summer and the French phenom.

It is unclear if Mbappe will join forces with Ancelotti this summer. If the youngster postpones his arrival to 2024, the Italian tactician will be with only Vinicius Jr, Joselu and Rodrygo Goes in the final third. It would thus be better for the coach to prepare for the worst.

Reports earlier this week revealed the various combinations the manager has in mind ahead of the new season. Three formations are strong candidates to feature as the mainstay in 2023-24 – a 4-3-3, 4-4-2 diamond, or a 4-2-3-1.

Ancelotti has also experimented with Bellingham playing as a false-nine in training sessions so far in the United States. If a new striker does not arrive, that could be a real option for the manager.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season




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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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