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Real Madrid, Barcelona in El Clasico war for 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, contacts made

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According to a report from SPORT, Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to go head-to-head in the race to sign Benjamin Pavard.

The Bayern Munich defender is frustrated with his life in the Bundesliga and wants to leave the club as soon as possible. The player has had issues with the coach and is not entirely happy in Bavaria. His performances have also left a lot to be desired.

As such, Bayern are expected to open the door for him to leave in the upcoming January transfer window. The Frenchman is not expected to cost a fortune either, as his current contract expires in 2024.

This has put both Barcelona and Real Madrid on red alert. The report suggests both the club have already contacted the player’s representatives over a move to Spain in the near future.

While Barcelona have identified Pavard as the ideal long-term fix to their right-back problems, Real Madrid are scouting the former Stuttgart starlet as their part of their plans to add more competition for Dani Carvajal.

The veteran defender has had injury issues in the recent past. In addition, the preferred alternative Lucas Vazquez will be entering the final year of his contract next summer, thus accentuating the need for a new right-back.

That is where Pavard fits into the bill. The Frenchman is young and offers extensive experience at the highest level of football. He is not expected to cost a fortune either, making him an ideal candidate for Real Madrid in their quest to reinforce the right-back unit.

However, with Barcelona also involved in the chase, it will be interesting to see who comes out on the top in the race to sign the Bayern Munich star this January.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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