Of the multiple departments in Real Madrid next season, the midfield will probably see the most fierce competition. Carlo Ancelotti will have an interesting mix of experience and youth at his disposal and it remains to be seen whom he uses as his go-to combination.
Luka Modric, Toni Kroosm and Casemiro are the team’s evergreen trio and will likely continue to feature in all major games. However, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni are all real contenders to push for a starting spot too.
According to reports from MARCA, Camavinga is pushing to become a starter in the team for the coming season. After a season with several impactful appearances off the bench, the youngster feels he can provide more to the team.
Last season, Camavinga was called upon in 26 of Real Madrid’s 32 league games. In that duration, he scored two goals, provided an assist and averaged over nine defensive actions per game.
In addition, he was key to Madrid’s UCL run, coming off the bench to change games completely in each round. He was, arguably, the protagonist of all their iconic comebacks.
The youngster will look to replace either Modric or Kroos in the coming season, but it will likely be the former who is sacrificed by the manager. At 36 years of age, the Croatian requires careful management and will no longer start on a weekly basis.
While the player is motivated to have a bigger role in the team, it remains to be seen if Ancelotti echoes the idea.
The manager had Valverde as his first choice backup last season, opting for the Uruguayan’s services on 31 occasions in the league. Needless to say, Camavinga will have to work hard to climb up the pecking order.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.