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Ancelotti would be open to Real Madrid signing €25 million-rated Manchester United star in January

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Losing Eder Militao on Matchday 1 of the new La Liga season triggered tension within the Real Madrid board. The Brazilian, who was Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice defender, had suffered an ACL tear after all and was expected to be out for the entire season.

David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger soon stabilised the ship for Los Blancos. The duo struck up a stellar partnership at the back, helping the team to one of their best defensive starts in recent times.

Alaba’s ACL injury last week, thus, came as a blow that reopened the healing wounds. The management are now eyeing a replacement signing, and their hunt for a new player has taken them to familiar doors.

The option in Manchester

One of the several options Real Madrid are considering is the arrival of Raphael Varane from Manchester United. The French centre-back left Real Madrid in August 2021 after a decade at the club, but is now seen as a viable option to provide cover in defence.

As revealed in AS’s latest report, Carlo Ancelotti would have no objection to Varane arriving as Alaba’s replacement.

Notably, the defender left Real Madrid days after Ancelotti returned as Real Madrid’s new manager in 2021, but there appears to be no bad blood between the two club legends. 

Varane and Ancelotti during their time together in Madrid (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ancelotti publicly discusses a possible signing

Real Madrid have been relatively firm on their stance of not signing a new player this winter transfer window. However, Ancelotti and his staff are hoping for a recruitment nevertheless.

Speaking to the media ahead of Real Madrid’s clash against Deportivo Alaves, the Italian gaffer was asked his opinion over a new signing to which he said,

“I am not going to say if I would like to sign or not. Together we will think and make the best decision. It is a possibility to go to the market if a good option comes up.”

“We are talking to the club and we will evaluate it in the next few days. We don’t want to rush it. The market ends on 31 January,” he added.

Varane, whose market value stands at €25 million, has not been playing regularly at Manchester United. And with Ancelotti not opposed to the idea of having him back at the Bernabeu, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid go down that path.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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