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Former Real Madrid academy ace dreams of returning to the club: “I’m working hard”

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Real Madrid’s decision to sell young academy prospects at an alarming rate in recent years has not fared well. Achraf Hakimi has gone on to become one of the world’s best right-backs while the same can be said about Fran Garcia at left-back.

The latter joined Rayo Vallecano on a permanent transfer at the start of the 2021-22 season after an impressive loan spell and has continued to shine brightly at the club. He spoke about his ultimate dream of returning to Real Madrid in a recent interview, as revealed by MARCA.

“Playing for Real Madrid has always been my dream since I was a kid, and I’m working hard so I can come back,” he said.

Los Blancos have suffered at the left-back position ever since club legend Marcelo left. Ferland Mendy was thought to be the solution to the problem but the Frenchman too has struggled to fill the void.

While Mendy has been a solid cog defending, he has lacked inspiration in the final third. The team look lifeless on the left side without an attacking full-back, and Fran Garcia could be the ideal reinforcement for the coming season.

The 23-year-old has started all 17 of Rayo Vallecano’s games this season and has provided two assists in that duration. In addition to overseeing six clean sheets, the youngster averages a whopping eight defensive actions and one key pass per game.

Alternatively, the Merengues could look to go after Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich who is yet to renew his deal in Germany. The Canadian international is one of the world’s best fullbacks in his day and would completely transform the European Champions’ setup.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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