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Real Madrid, Barcelona interested in 28-year-old Bayern Munich superstar – report

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According to reports from Kerry Hau of SPORT1, Real Madrid, alongside Barcelona, have been interested in Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich for a long time now. The Merengues have constantly had an eye on his situation but a transfer is still a distant dream.

The Bavarians have no intentions of placing Kimmich on the market for any price. The administration see him as an integral part of the squad for the years to come and even as a captain in the near future.

Over the years at Allianz Arena, Kimmich has established himself as a regular starter at the club. Though he began his spell in Germany as a right-back, the gamble to move him to midfield has worked out well for the Bavarians.

However, reports earlier in the day stated that he was unhappy with Julian Nagelsmann’s sacking and the situation in the dressing room. The two factors, reportedly, were pushing him towards an exit from the club, with Barcelona said to be interested.

Now, it is being claimed that Real Madrid, too, have their eyes on the 28-year-old German international.

A player of Kimmich’s quality would slot right into Ancelotti’s setup. However, the club already have the defensive midfield position covered and any new signing would appear surplus.

Eduardo Camavinga’s rise over the months places him as the first-choice starter for the pivot role. Additionally, Toni Kroos sees his future to be in the deeper midfield while Aurelien Tchouameni is another contender for the same position.

Los Blancos are eyeing a triple haul of Jude Bellingham, Alphonso Davies and Kylian Mbappe in June. While pulling off all three signings would be difficult, Kimmich is clearly far from joining Real Madrid considering the club’s already long list of priority targets.

In 31 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich this season, the 28-year-old has scored five goals and provided six assists. He also averages a stunning 2.8 key passes and nine defensive actions per game.

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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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