Carlo Ancelotti is unsurprisingly exploring good options with the current Real Madrid setup. The existing dynamic has not been working out defensively for the European Champions and it is glaringly clear that there is a need for urgent change.
According to reports from MARCA, the Italian tactician is considering the possibility of using Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in a double pivot to help seal the cracks in the team’s formation.
Such an approach would improve the Merengues’ defensive stability with minimal effect on their attacking potential.
The duo have played together in 13 games for Los Blancos this season, and notably, lost only in one of those games.
With Tchouameni’s place in Real Madrid’s setup being fixed, the only obstacle preventing the two Frenchmen from starting together is Camavinga’s unclear situation.
Carlo Ancelotti has always maintained that he trusts the youngster. However, Camavinga’s best position on the field is unclear. Further, the presence of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos does not give the manager enough room to accommodate him.
The 20-year-old started Real Madrid’s game against Villarreal as the pivot in place of the injured Tchouameni and displayed great maturity in the position. It is slowly becoming apparent that his future would lie either as a competitor or partner to the former Monaco man, and the manager would prefer the second option.
Interestingly, Camavinga suggested the same idea once when he played alongside his compatriot, as revealed by MARCA.
“Tchouameni and I are two same players. When we are at the same time in the field we look at each other a lot. If I see that he goes up, I’ll stay behind.”
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.