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.
Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report
Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.
The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.
The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.
The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday.
In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.
Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.
It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.