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Real Madrid might skip signing a new centre-back in January, will rely on 23-year rising star

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Real Madrid find themselves in a bind with regard to their defensive options as two of their starting centre-backs are out sidelined with ACL injuries.

It has left Carlo Ancelotti with just two senior central defenders at his disposal in the form of Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez.

Of the two, the club captain is suspended for the upcoming game against Mallorca after being shown a red card against Alaves last time out.

Given the situation, it was reported that Real Madrid will enter the market in the ongoing transfer window to sign a new defender, with several names even being linked.

No signing on the cards

However, as per the latest update from MARCA, Real Madrid have not entirely been convinced by the centre-back options available on the market currently.

And, as such, they are unlikely to rope in a new defender before the end of the January transfer window.

Instead, as per the report, Carlo Ancelotti will continue to bank on midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni as a makeshift central defender whenever needed.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has been utilised as a centre-half on occasions this term and has done well, even though he was reluctant to play in the position.

But, as per the report, Tchouameni is now more willing to slot in at centre-back when required, giving Ancelotti an additional option.

This, coupled with them being not convinced by the names in the market, could see Real Madrid going the entire transfer window without roping in a new defender.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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