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Brahim Diaz praises Real Madrid coach and €180 million rated midfielder

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Brahim Diaz was in the headlines earlier this week when he revealed his decision to play for the Moroccan International team over Spain.

The Real Madrid phenom has been in great touch this season, serving as one of Carlo Ancelotti’s most trusted resources in attack. 

The timing of his decision thus came across as a shock for he was on the cusp of being called up by Luis de La Fuente and being given a solid run with La Roja.

Speaking to MARCA earlier this week, the youngster detailed his decision, comparing the two options and explaining his choice. He also spoke on Carlo Ancelotti and Jude Bellingham amongst other topics.

“I have never demanded to play with Spain and I will never do it. I speak on the field where the merits accumulate. If De La Fuente was referring to me, I don’t feel alluded to. At no time do I press or demand anyone,” he began, taking a dig at the La Roja manager’s comments.

Commenting on what made the decision between Spain and Morocco such a tight one, Diaz said,

“I feel 100% Spanish and 100% Moroccan. I grew up in Spain. If I have to score a goal against Spain, I will be delighted, of course, but I would also prefer to score the goals against another team.”

“The affection that Spain and Morocco have given me is very great, they are two wonderful countries. I have Moroccan roots (for my paternal grandmother), but I have grown up in Spain,” he added.

He then confirmed that his decision was binding and he had no regrets, saying, “I am 100% convinced of my decision.”

The constant love showered on him from Morocco was one of the reasons Diaz opted to wear the African nation’s crest, and he reiterated the same when asked about the turning point.

“I always decide with my heart and that’s how it has been this time. I’m a boy with dreams, simple. I think the love and the project that I have been taught in Morocco is very good. The decision has been made. Now it’s no longer worth thinking about the other options.”

“We all dream as children of playing World Cups. I feel identified by what they did in Qatar, I got happy. It’s a huge selection,” he added.

Star duo.(Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Moving to the subject of his club situation, Diaz recalled the happiness he experienced when he got the call from Real Madrid last summer.

“I said yes as soon as they called. It’s impossible to say no to Madrid. It’s a whole new level. I said yes and please. No other offers are heard if Madrid arrives. It is the most demanding level in the world.”

Reminiscing his stellar loan spells at Milan and Manchester that made Real Madrid take notice, the youngster admitted that he learnt a lot at the two clubs.

“In England it cost me at first because of the language, but with Guardiola I understood many things. In Italy I found things that I was missing. They play very tactical football, all very measured.”

“I was lucky that people loved me very much. I like the challenge of turning the tables around. I knew basic football, but I have learned a lot from the midfielders,” he added.

Talking about his present and how he is living the dream at the biggest club in the world, the Spanish-Moroccan protege said,

“I think I’m in a great moment, I’m fulfilling a dream. The ball doesn’t burn me, the pressure doesn’t feel bad, the incredible affection of the fans. Madrid is incredible, the best.”

Towards the end of his interview, Diaz praised his teammate Jude Bellingham, whose market value stands at €180 million, for the impact he has had on the club, saying,

“Jude Bellingham is a fantastic player and person. I always tell him he has it all. He has tremendous talent, works hard and treats everyone in an unbelievable way.”

The youngster also praised Carlo Ancelotti and spoke on how the Italian tactician was the master of managing a dressing room full of stars.

“Carlo Ancelotti is special, he is a very good coach. He knows how to manage the dressing room, and how to deal with the players. He is one of the people who makes you win, improve and learn.”

Finally, Diaz was asked about Kylian Mbappe’s arrival, to which he said,

“I don’t like to talk about those topics. He is a player from another team. It’s about respect.”

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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