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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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  1. Funso Fakulujo

    August 8, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Militao is also inconsistent. He needs to grow up and stop being casual as if he is playing school boy football.

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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