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 want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.