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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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Revealed: Reasons why Real Madrid captain is contemplating exit

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Real Madrid bid Toni Kroos an emotional farewell toward the end of last season, as the German midfielder opted not to pursue continuity in the Spanish capital and instead ride off into the sunset.

However, as the summer transfer window looms large, it appears the German maestro will not be the only veteran hitting the exit door for Los Blancos.

Indeed, Nacho Fernandez’s future continues to be up in the air, as his Real Madrid contract is set to expire in a few days.

Why Nacho is mulling over a departure

The Real Madrid centre-back has been reported to have received a lucrative two-year offer from Al Ittihad, who would nearly quadruple his current salary.

Aside from the appealing financial package from Saudi Arabia, according to AS, Nacho is inclined to leave for other reasons.

Nacho feels his role has diminished under Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

For one, the Spanish defender believes that under Ancelotti, his position on the team has not evolved.

Even though he had an impressive season, missing important games like the league Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu and the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Manchester City has caused him to reevaluate his future.

This season, he has participated in 45 of the 55 games, missing just three because of suspensions.

Yet, his future at the club appears doubtful owing to the return of Rafa Marin from loan, the presence of Antonio Rudiger, and the return of Eder Militao and David Alaba from injury.

Moreover, Nacho’s thoughts have also been impacted by the persistent speculations that Real Madrid is interested in signing Leny Yoro. In the event that Nacho departs, Yoro might join either this summer.

As such, given the competition in defence next season and the reported wage hike at Al Ittihad, it is likely that Nacho will end up departing the Merengues.

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