Real Madrid’s most worrying position on the field barring the centre-forward department is likely to be the full-backs.
Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are both set to continue next season. However, with both Spaniards ageing closer to the twilight of their careers, the club need a younger name to slowly take over the responsibilities at right-back.
The left-back department is a whole different story. Los Blancos have still not recovered from the departure of Marcelo, for Ferland Mendy does not appear to have what it takes to shift to the required gear. Further, Fran Garcia’s ability will also be seen with a grain of salt until he proves his worth.
Joao Cancelo is a potential target for Real Madrid on that front. The Merengues were offered the chance to sign him in the winter window but refused because of the economics involved.
Maximilian Koch reports that Cancelo’s dream club is still Real Madrid. Barcelona are interested in the star, but he would be willing to leave the Catalans hanging and sign for Los Blancos should the chance arrive.
The Portuguese international is capable of operating both as a left-back and a right-back based on the team’s needs. He would thus be an ideal addition to Carlo Ancelotti’s squad and improve the stability of the defensive line significantly.
Cancelo is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but is set to return to Manchester City at the end of the month. In his time in Germany, he provided four assists and scored one goal for the Bavarians in 15 appearances.
The full-back’s complicated relationship with Pep Guardiola opens the door for his exit. While the European Champions demanded €70 million from Bayern Munich to make Cancelo’s services permanent, there is good reason for Real Madrid to believe that a lower fee can be agreed upon.
However, despite Cancelo’s dream to join Los Blancos, whether the club see him as a viable target for the summer remains to be seen.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”