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Real Madrid monitoring the centre-back market, hope to sign a young star in the summer

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Real Madrid’s plan of not signing a centre-back this winter has left fans astounded. With two players out with ACL tears, the manager has just two available central defenders at his disposal and stares a gruelling schedule in the eye.

The January transfer window has officially begun and offers the clubs a golden chance to make amends to their squad.

Yet, Carlo Ancelotti & co. opt to retain faith in their existing options for they do not find any profile of their liking available in the market for a reasonable price.

The summer objective

As relayed earlier this week, Real Madrid are instead looking for a signing in June to solve their long-term issues in defence. Three of the manager’s four centre-back options are over the age of 30, after all.

Fabrizio Romano confirms the same update in his latest report. The ever-reliable Italian journalist states that Real Madrid will keep scouting the centre-back market in the coming months with the objective of signing a player in the summer.

A clearer picture of the names Los Blancos eye will be revealed in the coming days, but the management are looking at young, versatile, and talented players who boast of a high ceiling.

The three primary options

Aggressive and intense scouting in the coming months will indeed open up Real Madrid’s list of potential targets. Yet, three youngsters already boast of a place on the team’s wish list.

Leny Yoro, the prodigal French defender from Lille; Benfice’s 20-year-old first-choice defender Antonio Silva and Sporting CP’s young Goncalo Inacio are the three players who have been linked with a move to Real Madrid so far.

Homegrown talent Rafa Marin, who returns from loan at Deportivo Alaves in June, is also a serious option.

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Real Madrid defender clarifies social media post after exclusion from Spain Euro squad

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With the Spanish domestic season officially complete, all attention in Spain is on the upcoming European Championships.

Transcending the divide of clubs, Luis de la Fuente’s men will head to Germany next month, hoping to better their semifinal finish four years ago.

A big development on that front came earlier today when the RFEF officially announced the manager’s provisional squad for the event.

Recently crowned Spanish champions, Real Madrid, had only three representatives in the squad – Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez and Joselu. Lucas Vazquez, notably, did not earn a call-up.

Vazquez sends a message

With 11 goal contributions in 37 games this season, it is almost astounding that Vazquez was overlooked by the Spanish management. The development, needless to say, came as a surprise to the player as well.

Vazquez soon posted laughing emojis on his official X account, seemingly mocking the coach’s decision to exclude him. He did, however, delete it soon after.

When asked about the tweet, the right-back denied it having anything to do with the Euro selection, saying,

“It had nothing to do with it, I give maximum support to the National Team. In the end, it is the coach who makes the decisions, we must respect him,” he said via COPE.

Set to stay

The 32-year-old right-back’s current contract with Real Madrid runs out this summer, and there has been no clear acceleration of talks between the parties to confirm an extension.

As revealed earlier this month, however, both parties are clear on their intent to continue working together for next season.

Despite his age, Vazquez has proven to be a more than worthy backup for Dani Carvajal and will continue the role in 2024-25.

The club’s hunt for a new young right-back and a long-term replacement, is this likely to be postponed to next summer.

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