Less than a month after the conclusion of the 2022/23 season, Real Madrid’s midfield bears a new look. With some new arrivals, renewed roles, and a stark change in the team’s balance on the field, a lot is set to change in the middle of the park for the 2023/24 campaign.
Jude Bellingham’s arrival is one of the biggest factors contributing to the changing landscape. Given the Englishman’s price tag, he will be one of Carlo Ancelotti’s regular players in midfield next season alongside Eduardo Camavinga. With two slots more or less settled, the competition for the third vacancy is high.
Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Ceballos, and Federico Valverde are the five stars locking horns to secure the final available berth.
Given the bloated midfield department at Real Madrid, according to reports from SPORT, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City have all enquired about Valverde’s situation and are interested in his acquisition. After all, the Uruguayan possesses a unique profile in terms of his physicality and ability on the ball.
The update further adds that the midfielder is not looking for a change in scenery at the moment. Furthermore, Los Blancos are also not interested in selling one of their mainstays.
While there are offers on his table that promise guaranteed playing time, Valverde wishes to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu and fight for a place on the team. His contract with Los Blancos runs until the summer of 2027.
He made it very clear in a recent interview when he said: “No, No, I’m at Madrid, trying to enjoy every moment and leave my mark on the best club in the world. I want to keep winning titles for Real Madrid fans.”
Valverde’s primary position over the years has been as a midfielder, but the youngster has also shown promise as a right-winger over the past season. Given the situation of the team’s forward line, Ancelotti may see the Uruguayan as a winger rather than a midfielder for next season.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid
Following Barcelona’s awe-inspiring comeback win against Celta Vigo yesterday, the pressure is on Real Madrid to regain top spot in La Liga as they travel to Civitas Metropolitano to lock horns against Atletico Madrid.
The first Madrid derby of the season will not feature Vinicius Jr, who had to pull out of the travelling squad today due to a stomach bug.
Jude Bellingham has been given the green light, though, and is likely starting as the out and out striker for this game, with Joselu benched. The Englishman is joined by Rodrygo by his side, while Luka Modric plays behind them as the attacking midfielder.
Behind this trio, Toni Kroos has been handed the keys as the pivot, with Aurelien Tchouameni benched. Eduardo Camavinga starts alongside Federico Valverde as the central midfielders.
Lucas Vazquez fills in for the injured Daniel Carvajal at right-back, while Fran Garcia comes back to take over his left-back spot from Nacho. David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger round off the quadrant in central defence, screening Kepa in goal.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Modric; Rodrygo, Bellingham