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Real Madrid and Manchester City interested in signing Chelsea defender

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Real Madrid’s right-back position has been a volatile department for some time now. Dani Carvajal was the only full-time player in the department until Zinedine Zidane deployed Lucas Vazquez in the position. Even now, there is no one to challenge the duo, with Alvaro Odriziola on loan at Fiorentina.

According to reports from Daily Mail, Los Blancos are interested in signing Chelsea’s right-back Reece James. The club’s academy player has proven to be indispensable to Thomas Tuchel’s plans with many fans accrediting the recent poor form to James’ unavailability.

The situation at Chelsea is unprecedented. The club’s owner, Roman Abramovic, has been sanctioned by the Government. Furthermore, the club have lost their rights to buy, sell or even renew existing stars until the situation is resolved.

James was set to be renewed to a higher pay scale at Chelsea, but the situation is not clear now. With new owners set to come in, the right-back will want to evaluate the new administration and project before committing to a renewal.

In 15 Premier League starts this season, the Englishman has five goals and six assists. He has created six big chances and records close to two key passes every game.

The arrival of James would put Carvajal under more pressure to perform and could signal the end of Vazquez’s tenure as a right-back. However, the signing will not be easy as Manchester City, too, are eyeing the 22-year-old.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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