Real Madrid are set to take on Girona later today in La Liga in what will be a demanding clash. However, they will find a familiar face in the opposition’s left-back position in Miguel Gutierrez.
The youngster, who joined Real Madrid’s academy in 2011, left for Girona in August 2022. He has been in red-hot form for Michel’s side this season, and it is not surprising that Real Madrid are keeping tabs on his situation.
The left-back situation
Carlo Ancelotti is far from satisfied with the profiles offered by Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy currently. Alphonso Davies is thus one of the club’s primary targets for the upcoming transfer window, but that does not rule out the possibility of Gutierrez returning.
As revealed by Fabrizio Romano, Los Blancos have three clauses to bring back the left-back to the first-team. The first of them, for the upcoming summer transfer window, stands at €8 million.
If Real Madrid wish to rope him back in the summer of 2025, they will have to pay €9 million, while a reunion in 2026 will cost them €10 million.
Waiting for Madrid
As relayed earlier this week, the player has no shortage of suitors on his table. Manchester City are closely monitoring his situation, while the likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur have also been mentioned to be interested.
Romano, however, relays that the player is willing to wait for Real Madrid until the summer.
A return to Madrid is his top priority, but it remains to be seen if he will wait beyond this summer if Los Blancos opt to play the waiting game. After all, the offers on his table are indeed tempting.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.