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Real Madrid monitoring the transfer market for a new right-back

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Real Madrid have not had the best of starts to the year so far. Following a nervy 1-0 win over Cacereno in the Copa Del Rey, the reigning Spanish champions succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Villarreal tonight.

The defeat puts questions on the overall strength of the team, especially with coach Carlo Ancelotti dealing with a severe lack of options in some areas of the pitch. According to Mario Cortegana (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid have identified the right-back as one of the problem areas.

As such, the Spanish giants are in the market for a new right-back in the ongoing January transfer window. This comes as no surprise as the club have a dearth of reliable options in the position.

Dani Carvajal is currently the first-choice right-back and has been a great servant for the club over the years. But at the age of 30, Real Madrid require a long-term successor one way or another, especially with Ancelotti lacking a proper alternative in the first team.

Real Madrid have had no shortage of potential targets in the market, though. The club have been linked with moves for players such as Pedro Porro, Joao Cancelo and Malo Gusto, among many others. They have all been identified as a replacement for Carvajal, who has also had struggles with injuries during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.

The Whites does have the option of promoting the talented Vinicius Tobias from the youth squad. But Carlo Ancelotti has historically put very little faith in young talents. As such, the club are keeping their eyes open in the current market and it will not come as a surprise to see them pouncing on an economic opportunity.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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