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Former Manchester City defender will not join Real Madrid in January – report

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Real Madrid’s search for a new central defensive signing has taken them across the globe. From Raphael Varane at Manchester United to Goncalo Inacio in Portugal, Los Blancos have been thorough with their expedition.

Yet, new names continue to come to the fore at the Merengues’ offices. The latest on that list is from the dressing room of Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia – Aymeric Laporte.

An option practically nonexistent 

As revealed by MARCA‘s latest report, Laporte is not remotely close to leaving Al-Nassr for Real Madrid despite the interest from Spain.

The former Manchester City defender is comfortable with his role in Saudi Arabia and does not contemplate a move unless a radical turn of events ensues.

The player signed a contract worth €15 million with Al-Nassr until 2026, and Los Blancos would not be willing to come anywhere close to that figure should Laporte arrive.

Moreover, his current employers would also be opposed to sending the player to Spain either on loan or a permanent move considering the €25 million they spent on his signing last summer.

The national team factor

Laporte will not be returning to Europe. (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

As continued by the Spanish outlet’s report, Laporte’s fight for a place in the Spanish National Team in the EUROs could have been a solid reason for him to opt for a return home.

However, his place in Luis de La Fuente’s team is all but assured with a starting spot also not out of reach.

Considering that his role is guaranteed without stepping out of Saudi Arabia, the player feels no need to push for a return to Europe.

It thus remains to be seen as to which of the options currently available Real Madrid prioritise. Raphael Varane is open to a return, as revealed earlier today, but Bayern Munich’s interest continues to be a big hurdle.

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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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