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Real Madrid management want Ancelotti to promote Castilla starlet to first team – report



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Just a day after it was reported that Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has asked the Real Madrid coaching staff to make the best use of Castilla players instead of asking for new signings, a report from AS (h/t Madrid Zone) has emerged, claiming that one name that is topping the list is Sergio Arribas.

Arribas, 21, has made 11 appearances across all competitions for the senior team but is yet to open his account for the club. 

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been excellent for the Castilla team over the past couple of years. This season, the young Spaniard has starred for Raul Gonzalez’s side, scoring nine goals and five assists across 20 games. 

A contribution of 14 goals means the youngster is involved in one every 121 minutes, having clocked a total of 1,701 minutes this season.

Impressed by his exploits for the subsidiaries, members of the Real Madrid upper management are pushing for Arribas to be promoted to the senior setup.

It must be noted that manager Carlo Ancelotti has already frozen out the likes of Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz, Alvaro Odriozola and Jesus Vallejo, meaning that if the team is already aching for bench strength.

This was made evident during the recent 1-3 defeat against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final. In all, if Ancelotti is to look for an attacking substitution, he will have to resort back to deploying Federico Valverde on the wings.

Marco Asensio may very well be waiting in the wings but his future is in jeopardy. That leaves the Italian tactician with Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo as his main and only attacking weapons.

Given the situation, it only makes sense for Ancelotti to call up Arribas, who has performed exceedingly well and would add some depth and freshness to the first-team setup.

Hence comes the request from the upper management to at least try the young gun especially since the team from the capital city will anyway not be making a big money signing this month.

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Real Madrid superstar’s injury does not seem serious, will undergo tests today – report



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Real Madrid’s injury woes were compounded on Thursday night when the reigning Spanish champions locked horns with Valencia.

Although the club were able to come away with a 2-0 victory, they had to cope with the injury to Karim Benzema as well as Eder Militao. The star striker was enjoying an excellent game, notably registering two assists and five key passes, before being subbed off around the mark.

The forward appeared to have a groin problem and demanded his substitution in the 60th minute when he was replaced by Rodrygo.

However, according to Arancha Rodriguez via RM4Arab, Benzema’s injury is not thought to be serious. He is expected to undergo tests today, which will ascertain the extent of his knock.

Real Madrid will be hoping that the Frenchman’s knock is not too serious as the player has already struggled with injuries during the earlier stages of the campaign. He has indeed missed seven league matches due to injury-related issues.

Benzema’s absence in such matches has had a direct impact on Real Madrid’s performances in the league this term. The Merengues, after all, all trailing league leaders Barcelona by a whopping five-point margin.

With the club bracing themselves for a tough February schedule, the availability of their star players such as Benzema could be integral, as Los Blancos look to perform well not only in the league but also in Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.

In the meantime, Real Madrid are preparing ahead for the Sunday encounter against Mallorca in the league. Whether or not Benzema, who has scored nine goals in 12 league matches this term, returns to full fitness before this tie remains to be seen.

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