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Real Madrid CEO tells coaches to use Castilla players instead of requesting new signings

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In the aftermath of Real Madrid’s disappointing defeat to FC Barcelona in the finals of the Spanish Super Cup, there is a serious concern among the fans about the team’s drastic dip in form witnessed over the past few months.

At the same time, there are also question marks about the depth, or lack thereof, in the squad in certain positions. With Karim Benzema struggling with injuries, Real Madrid have no natural backup for him in the No. 9 role while Ferland Mendy is the solitary left-back at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal.

Reports earlier today suggested that the manager, who publicly maintains that he does not want any new players, had privately asked the club to sign a new striker and a full-back, only for it to be shot down by Los Blancos.

Building on that, AS (h/t Madrid Xtra) is now reporting that Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has told the coaching staff to make the most of the current squad and utilise Castilla players instead of requesting new signings.

It must be noted that Ancelotti has pretty much frozen out the likes of Alvaro Odriozola, Mariano Diaz, Jesus Vallejo, and Eden Hazard this season and hardly counts on the quartet.

At the same time, the Italian has also been very reluctant to bring up players from the Castilla setup even though there are several prospects making a strong impression.

Sergio Arribas, for one, has been a bright spark for Raul Gonzalez’s side and has been knocking on the first-team door for a while now.

Vinicius Tobias is another player who could provide fresh legs in the right-back department, especially with Dani Carvajal struggling to perform at his best level, as was witnessed last night when he was outclassed by Barcelona’s 19-year-old left-back Alejandro Balde.

What seems to be clear is that Real Madrid will not be rushed into making panic buys in the January transfer window. So, it will be up to Ancelotti to make the most of the resources at his disposal and utilise the talent coming through the Castilla ranks more effectively.

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  1. M.E Leboko

    January 18, 2023 at 1:50 am

    Yes it has to be,why can Real Madrid have a second division with promising prospects then go unused.It looks somethìng has gone into the head of Ancelotti,i have been praising him all along now he seems to be something else.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million

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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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