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Chelsea set to rival Real Madrid in pursuit of Bundesliga teenage sensation

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Jude Bellingham’s pursuit was seen as a two-horse race for a long time, with Liverpool and Real Madrid being the most likely options on the table. The Merengues promised a strong sporting project to compete on all fronts while the Reds’ primary selling point was a return to England.

When Manchester City joined the race last week, it came as a massive surprise. By virtue of their world-class squad and coffers, Pep Guardiola’s side jumped right into the mix.

According to reports from Matt Law, there are more than just two Premier League sides eyeing the midfielder. Chelsea are very interested in signing Bellingham and are ready to make a move for him.

The London-based side’s interest in the youngster is not surprising, especially when one considers the panic-stricken approach their board has adopted after the recent slump in form. Chelsea have spent close to €700 million in the last two transfer windows and have a squad with obnoxious depth.

However, Graham Potter’s side do not present as a very tempting option from a sporting perspective. Chelsea are barely in the top half of the table with 22 games played and do not seem to have a plan in place.

Further, the heavy competition in the middle of the park at Stamford Bridge could deter Bellingham’s possible move.

Reports claimed that Florentino Perez is willing to shell out close to €130 million for the youngster as Carlo Ancelotti sees him as a non-negotiable in next season’s plans.

Real Madrid wish to make him their only big signing of the summer and see his profile as the perfect complement to Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, and Eduardo Camavinga.

But with Chelsea now joining the bandwagon of suitors, along with Liverpool and Manchester City, Real Madrid will have their task cut out if they are to secure the signing of the 19-year-old midfield sensation.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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