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“It would be good”: La Liga veteran welcomes Mbappe’s imminent move to Real Madrid

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Real Madrid will be back in action in La Liga tomorrow night as they stare a clash against Celta Vigo in the eye. With their lead over Barcelona cut down to five points after the Catalans’ win last night, Los Blancos will be determined to take home all three points against the Galicians.

The last time the men in white played the Galicians, only a sole Jude Bellingham goal took them over the line and avoided them dropping points. Tomorrow’s clash, in that sense, will be equally as gruelling for Celta are currently in a race against time to avoid relegation.

Speaking to AS ahead of Celta Vigo’s clash against Real Madrid, Iago Aspas spoke about a plethora of topics in what could well be one of his final games against Los Blancos. After all, he is already on his way to 37 and does not have the same energy in his legs.

He began his interaction by recalling the first time he took on Real Madrid as a player and how Luka Modric was the only player remaining in the Merengues’ setup from that game. Commenting on the Croatian legend as his legacy, the Celta superstar said,

“I don’t remember, it was many years ago. Let’s see if Modric is also going on for another year and we can meet again next season in the First Division.”

Aspas frankly admitted that he hoped this was not one of the last times he played at the Bernabeu, although there is a healthy chance it will be, given that his contract with Celta Vigo runs out after next season.

“I don’t know. I hope that after this visit there will be another one. That will also imply that we avoided relegation.”

Quizzed about Real Madrid’s constant dissatisfaction with refereeing decisions in recent times, especially after the game against Valencia, the striker said,

“If Real Madrid put themselves in our shoes at the beginning of the season with the arbitration decisions, imagine how they would have reacted.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, the veteran forward gave his two cents on the forecast and admitted that a lot would depend on the day Real Madrid are having.

“It will be difficult and it also depends on how Real Madrid comes out. In those stadiums, you have to have personality. You have to try to play, knowing that you are going to have a bad time.”

Expected to join Real Madrid. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Towards the end of his interview, Aspas was grilled on the topic of Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at Real Madrid and the youngster’s massive crowd-pull and quality on the field.

“Surely, because the contract ends and it would be cheaper,” he began when asked if Mbappe would be his first signing for a club should he have unlimited finances.

He then went on to propose that, in light of the improved following of La Liga after Mbappe arrived, the newly generated income must be divided fairly amongst all 20 clubs in the division.

“For the League, it would be good because the better players come, the more impact and economic income will be generated. Afterwards, the cake should be distributed a little better so that the other teams could get a little closer to Real Madrid.”

“On paper, it is very easy to say that Real Madrid is going to wipe out with Mbappé, but that has to be reflected on the pitch. PSG was also going to be the bomb with Messi and Neymar, but they didn’t win the Champions League any year,” he added, refuting to believe that football is won on paper.

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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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