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Ancelotti’s pecking order for the centre-back positions for 2023/24 – report

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been forced to take some difficult decisions at centre-back over the past season. With four quality options on his hands, it has indeed been difficult for the manager to balance their playing time.

MARCA brings out the Italian tactician’s pecking order in central defence as it stands and, in the process, names the duo who are best placed to start for Real Madrid.

The two top options

As revealed by the Spanish outlet, Eder Militao is the one Ancelotti trusts the most. The young Brazilian will be a guaranteed starter for Los Blancos in the coming campaign and will look to maintain his high level from last season.

The 25-year-old oversaw 10 clean sheets for the Merengues in the 2022-23 campaign and averaged over 10 defensive actions per game. He was arguably the team’s best-performing defender.

He will likely pair with David Alaba, who is second on Ancelotti’s pecking order. The 31-year-old’s position, however, is more labile than Militao’s.

Two quality backup options

Rudiger will fight Militao and Alaba for a spot. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Antonio Rudiger sits next on the manager’s preference list and will likely serve a dual role next season. While the German will be the first-choice backup for the Alaba-Militao duo, he will also serve as a regular rotating option to replace the Austrian defender.

The lowest ranked on Ancelotti’s pecking order is Nacho Fernandez. The Spanish defender and club captain recently renewed his deal with the Galacticos but will likely not see much action in central defence.

The rest of the defensive line

Heading into the new season, Fran Garcia appears set to take over as Real Madrid’s new starting left-back. He will be backed up by Ferland Mendy whose form and injury record have been poor in recent times.

The right-back department is more closely contested. Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez make strong cases to claim the spot in Ancelotti’s XI, but Carvajal is expected to remain the higher placed on the pecking order.

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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him

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Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.

However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links

Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”

“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.

Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid

Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.

Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.

Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.

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