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Real Madrid midfielder sends message to fans after injury setback

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Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has taken the time to address fans following an injury he sustained to his left foot. 

Taking to Instagram, the talented 24-year-old French player reassured supporters that the setback is minor and expressed his commitment to coming back even stronger.

“Just a minor setback before a major comeback,” wrote the 24-year-old.

“Thank you all for your messages, your support and the love. Madridistas A Por la 15,” hea added.

What happened to Tchouameni?

Despite the thrill of progressing to the UEFA Champions League final, Real Madrid encountered a setback when Tchouameni was found to have played through foot pain during the match against Bayern Munich

The injury is particularly disappointing given the proximity of the UEFA Champions League final, just a few weeks away.

Real Madrid are now faced with the possibility that Tchouameni may not be available for the final against Borussia Dortmund in early June. 

The uncertainty surrounding his condition casts a shadow over the team’s preparations for the crucial match. Sources within the club suggest that Tchouameni’s chances of participating in the final are slim, estimated at just 20%.

Tchouameni is optimistic

Despite the potential impact on the team’s lineup, Tchouameni’s message offers a glimmer of hope. 

He seems determined to recover quickly and return to the field in top form. His dedication to his team and his willingness to communicate with fans underscores his importance both on and off the field.

For now, the versatile Frenchman, who has been a reliable presence of Carlo Ancelotti throughout the season, is expected to be out for three to four weeks.

While there is still a slight chance that he might recover, it is unlikely that Ancelotti will use his services right from the beginning against Borussia Dortmund, considering the magnitude of the match and his preparation for the contest.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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