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Real Madrid defender set to return to the right-wing position next season

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Having specialist players for every position is the hallmark of any top European side. However, it is equally important for managers to have versatile players at their disposal to cover multiple positions when required.

In that respect, Lucas Vasquez can claim to be a manager’s favourite. The Spanish international has proven to be one of the most versatile players for Los Blancos since his move to the club in 2018, covering both as a forward and a defender based on the situation.

According to reports from Diario AS, Vazquez is set to return to an attacking role next season as Carlo Ancelotti looks to utilise his services on the right-wing. This will put an end to his tenure as a makeshift right-back for the club.

The Galician spent his initial few seasons as a fringe player before clawing his way up the pecking order in the 2020-21 season. Daniel Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola’s concurrent injuries left Zinedine Zidane with few options to cover at right-back.

Finally, the manager opted to give Vazquez a chance to prove his ability in a foreign role.

In less than a year, he adapted and developed into a complete fullback. While his crosses and ball carrying were unsurprisingly perfect for the role, his work-rate improved along with his defensive awareness.

Looking ahead to next season, Ancelotti will look to entrust a more fit Carvajal as his first choice. As a backup, Alvaro Odriozola is expected to return after his loan stint at Fiorentina.

Vazquez will now compete with the likes of Rodrygo and Marco Asensio for a starting spot in the forward line. Rest assured, he will continue to be available as a right-back if the situation demands.

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Real Madrid preparing ‘huge summer revolution’ with three mega targets

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Real Madrid were relatively less active than usual during the recently-concluded winter transfer window, with the club not making any notable moves in the transfer market.

However, the coming summer could be an important one for the club, especially with a string of players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season. While the Merengues have already prepared for renewals, they are also keen on strengthening the squad by bringing in new players.

To that end, a report from Tomas Gonzalez suggests Real Madrid are planning for a ‘big revolution’ in the coming summer.

The Spanish champions have identified three top targets in the form of Jude Bellingham, Dusan Vlahovic and Josko Gvardiol. The club are determined to sign all three targets in the coming summer, as they look to shore up their options in every position.

Bellingham has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for quite some time now, with various reports claiming that the Englishman is the club’s priority target in the summer as they look to find a long-term replacement for Luka Modric.

As far as Gvardiol is concerned, the Croatian was one of the best-performing defenders in the World Cup. Although a centre-back by trade, Gvardiol’s ability to operate at left-back should make him an excellent asset for Carlo Ancelotti, who has struggled with depth in the fullback spots this season.

Vlahovic, meanwhile, was reportedly offered to Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. The Whites were not too keen on splashing the money in the middle of the season, but it appears they are considering a move for the Serbian in the summer.

Vlahovic will likely be considered as a direct replacement for Karim Benzema, who has had issues with injuries. The Frenchman, in fact, has recently suffered a knock in the game against Valencia and is likely to be ruled out against Mallorca on Sunday.

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