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Real Madrid have no intention of signing 30-year-old Manchester United star in January – report

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Real Madrid’s defensive depth is a matter of concern heading into 2024. Beyond the acute problem of having just one centre-back available against Mallorca, Carlo Ancelotti faces a much larger task in hand in the long term with two defenders out through ACL injuries.

It is thus not surprising that Real Madrid have been linked with a host of names in recent weeks, especially players from fringe leagues whose signing would be relatively easy.

Yet, one established veteran option the Merengues have been linked with is Raphael Varane.

Real Madrid drop the steam

As a former player of the club, the Frenchman could have a great option to fill the void in central defence. Word had it that Carlo Ancelotti was also open to Varane’s return.

Now, however, El Chiringuito TV relays that Real Madrid have no intention of bringing back the Manchester United star.

Despite the player being out of favour under Erik Ten Hag, his former employers do not see his return to be the right decision in the current situation.

Bayern Munich’s interest in signing Varane and the resultant inflation might be one reason behind Real Madrid’s firm stance, although word had it that the player was willing to take a pay cut to join the Merengues.

Meeting scheduled

Amidst the uncertainty around the centre-back situation, Ancelotti is set to meet with the Real Madrid administration in the coming days to discuss the same.

The Italian gaffer sees a defensive reinforcement to be the need of the hour and wishes to convey the same to the board in the meeting.

The winter transfer market is set to open in less than a week, and the offices in Madrid are burning the midnight oil to engineer a much-needed reinforcement.

However, it remains to be seen which of the remaining options appeals to the management in the coming days.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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