After winning each of their six matches across all competitions in the 2022/23 season, Real Madrid will look to extend the streak when they face RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga this weekend.
Los Blancos are currently at the top of the La Liga standings with four victories in four and will hope to continue their perfect start to the campaign when Javier Aguirre’s side come visiting on Sunday afternoon.
And, according to Melchor Ruiz of COPE, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is planning to make several changes to the starting lineup for the Mallorca game.
The Italian tactician had appeared reluctant to rotate players during the last season. But he has iterated that he will change and rest his players regularly this time around due to the cramped schedule owing to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
And, on Sunday, the manager is said to be planning at least four or five changes to the team that started in the midweek UEFA Champions League clash against Celtic on Tuesday night.
Two of the changes that Ancelotti will be making will be enforced as Karim Benzema and Eder Militao have been ruled out of the Mallorca clash due to injuries. Replacing the duo in the lineup would be Eden Hazard and Antonio Rudiger, respectively.
Apart from Hazard and Rudiger, the report insists that Ancelotti will likely hand starting spots to some or all of Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo Goes, Lucas Vazquez and Dani Ceballos.
Rodrygo is very much deserving of a spot in the lineup after some of his recent performances from the bench. Introducing Camavinga and Ceballos would allow Ancelotti to rest his senior midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Given Dani Carvajal’s recent fitness woes, it would be sensible to give him a reprieve and start Vazquez as well.
It will be interesting to see if Ancelotti makes all these aforementioned speculated changes and, if so, how it affects Real Madrid’s performance against Mallorca.
Real Madrid offer new €4.8 million-a-year deal to forward, player wants €6 million
With several Real Madrid players set to be out of contract in the summer, the club need to start making moves to tie down the stars they intend to keep hold of.
One such player who Real Madrid seem interested in retaining is Marco Asensio.
The 27-year-old looked certain to depart early in the season, but has managed to work his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and proved that he can be of value to the team.
It has led to the club altering their stance on his future, with Los Blancos now ready to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season.
According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have already tabled a four-year contract to Asensio with a salary of €4.8 million per year.
It represents a slight increase in his current wages, which stand at around €4.5 million per season. However, Asensio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is unlikely to accept these terms and is seeking a deal worth €6 million-a-year net.
The Portuguese super-agent will push for at least €5.5 million per season, but Real Madrid are unlikely to exceed the €5 million mark as per the report.
This is because Los Blancos believe that Asensio will never be a guaranteed starter at the club and they do not want to splurge heavily on a squad player.
The winger, for his part, has always maintained that he wants to stay at Real Madrid. But he is also seeking a prominent role and a bigger payday. If that is the case, a move away from the club could be the way forward for the ex-Mallorca star.
PSG were said to have tried signing him in the January window, and would be willing to offer him a €15 million signing bonus in the summer. Clubs from the Premier League and Serie A would also be interested in Asensio’s situation.
So, the ball is in the winger’s court now and it is upto him to decide whether he opts to accept the proposal tabled by Real Madrid or looks for a new challenge away from the Bernabeu.