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Real Madrid French duo could start in a ‘double pivot’ soon – report
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.”
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.
January 22, 2023 at 3:59 pm
It’ll be a very good decision to use them in a double pivot