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Ancelotti’s request for a new centre-back not sanctioned by the Real Madrid board

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Real Madrid have been scoring goals and wins for fun this season and are rightfully at the pinnacle of the league standings. However, their march to the top has not been uncontested, both by internal and external factors.

While Los Blancos have had to keep up with the steaming Girona on the outside, they have had to face an equally dangerous internal foe in injuries. The centre-back department has been the part of the field affected the most.

Ancelotti’s request

According to reports from The Athletic, Carlo Ancelotti demanded the signing of a new centre-back in the January transfer market after David Alaba’s season-ending ACL injury.

However, Aurelien Tchouameni’s situation and the manager’s faith in the Frenchman eased the pressure on the administration.

The club’s decision-makers are reluctant to make a new signing in the winter as has been the case with Real Madrid for several years now. Ancelotti understands the same and has thus stopped pressing for the new recruitment.

As a result, the manager’s meeting with the president ended in a consensus that the existing core would be trusted to fill the cracks in the squad with a new defender arriving in the summer.

The Brazilian factor

Real Madrid’s first big blow of the season in the centre-back department was Eder Militao’s ACL injury. Having suffered a long-term blow, he was expected to miss the team’s entire season.

As revealed earlier today, however, Militao’s recovery has been progressing better than expected. The Brazilian is already in the final stretch of his return to fitness and will join the group in the near future.

His return, needless to say, will be the biggest signing Ancelotti can ask for and will ease the pressure on the manager. Nevertheless, his re-incorporation will be measured, gradually and without involving any risks.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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