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Real Madrid eyeing La Liga club captain to strengthen left-back position

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For a fair few seasons, Barcelona had been interested in signing Valencia’s Jose Gaya as their long-term solution at left-back. However, Jordi Alba’s performances, plus the Spaniard’s high price tag meant the transfer never came to fruition.

With Alba’s contract expiring in 2024, though, this could have been the perfect time for Barcelona to swoop in for Gaya.

However, almost out of nowhere, across the pre-season, Barcelona were taken aback by a certain Alejandro Balde, who has now become their first-choice left-back over Jordi Alba.

Luckily for Gaya, Real Madrid are looking to sign a left-back in the summer to reinforce a problem position. The Valencia captain’s name has been gaining strength at the club, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Madrid’s interest in Gaya comes on the back of their disappointment with Ferland Mendy. The Frenchman has not performed according to expectations and could be sold come summer.

Madrid are also keeping tabs on Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, but they know poaching him from Bavaria will be next to impossible. Since there are not many alternatives available on the market, Gaya could turn out to be Madrid’s choice.

The Spaniard will also be available at a slashed price in the summer considering Valencia’s position in the league. The Spanish giants are sitting in 18th place in La Liga, and if relegated, could be forced to sell some of their priced assets on a discounted price.

While the problems persist at left-back, Madrid will also look to bolster the right-back position. While Daniel Carvajal is expected to stay, he could be demoted to second-choice in the pecking order, with the likes of Jeremie Frimpong and Reece James on their radar.

Either way, with more than two months left for the transfer window to open, Madrid will continue to scour the market in the hopes of coming up with ideal plugs to all their holes.

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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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