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Real Madrid midfielder likely to play regularly in attack next season – report

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Federico Valverde has been one of the most impressive performers for Real Madrid this past season. The Uruguayan was involved in 11 league goals, even though he could not help the club retain the league title.

What was particularly interesting about Valverde’s season is the way Carlo Ancelotti utilised his services in the attack. Normally known for his endeavours in midfield, Valverde was mostly deployed in the wide attacking role on the right flank this past season.

He did not disappoint either, racking up five goals and three assists in 17 matches in the right-wing position.

And it appears his performances have not gone unnoticed, with a recent report from MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggesting that the Uruguayan international is set to continue in attack next season.

The report points out how Real Madrid are unlikely to sign any new players this summer, especially with Barcelona stepping up their efforts to sign Arda Guler.

With that in mind, Ancelotti is likely to deploy Fede Valverde in the wide attacking role, rather than his preferred central midfield position. His decision is likely to be influenced by the arrival of Jude Bellingham, who should occupy either the number eight or the number ten role.

Ancelotti is even considering shifting to a 4-3-1-2 formation in order to accommodate Bellingham into his plans next season. But should he continue with the 4-3-3, there is a possibility Valverde could be given the nod in the right-hand side of the attack.

With Valverde on the right, Vinicius Junior is set to occupy the left, thus allowing Rodrygo Goes to potentially lead the Real Madrid frontline. It could be an interesting formation, which could really pay off, if it works.

However, Ancelotti might shift Valverde back to his midfield role if he fails to continue his blistering form in attack next season, which in turn, could see Joselu receiving more minutes.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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