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Real Madrid content with options at right-back, will not sign anyone for the position

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According to MARCA, Real Madrid are happy with their current options at the right-back position and will not look to sign a new player for the position in the summer.

This comes after reports emerged that Real Madrid had been offered Joao Cancelo last month, but passed up the chance to sign him. The Portuguese international eventually joined Bayern Munich on loan from Manchester City with a purchase option of €70 million.

Los Blancos decided against moving for the former Juventus man as they believe that they have no reasons to be concerned over the right-back position at this point, despite recent injuries to Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez.

The report states that Real Madrid retain total faith in the duo, who still have over two years and one year, respectively, left on their contracts with the club. On top of that, they also have Alvaro Odriozola, who is also contracted until 2024, although a summer exit is on the cards for him.

In the meetings that have taken place to discuss the transfer strategies for next summer, the right-back position is understood to have not even come up for debate.

As iterated earlier, the Merengues have full confidence in Carvajal and Vazquez while Nacho Fernandez has also shown that he can be a reliable option in recent games.

Furthermore, Real Madrid believe that they have a number of talented young right-backs coming through the youth ranks, which negates the need to invest in a new player in the position.

Vinicius Tobias, who plays for Raul Gonzalez’s Castilla, is well-liked within Real Madridd. The club intend to sign him permanently from Shakhtar Donetsk but want to lower the €9 million fee previously agreed upon.

Apart from Tobias, there are other youngsters like the 17-year-old Alex Jimenez, who has already made his Castilla debut, and David Jimenez (18), who is tremendously trusted by youth team coach Alvaro Arbeloa. 15-year-old Jesus Fortea is also seen as a future right-back for the senior team.

Hence, Real Madrid are not worried about the recent issues in the right-back slot and believe that there is no immediate cause for concern when it comes to the position.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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