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Real Madrid new signing has Ancelotti’s backing, will have a key role this season – report



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There are still many unanswered questions about Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid setup heading into the new season. With new faces, a new formation and seemingly a new balance in the squad, the pressure is on the manager to make things work.

The tour to the USA gave the world its first look at the new Real Madrid setup and an analysis of its potential strong and weak points.

The men in white head back to Madrid with many learnings but also an equal set of positives to take away.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana (h/t Madrid Xtra), Jude Bellingham is one such positive factor in Ancelotti’s plans.

The youngster made a great first impression at the Valdebebas even before the team flew to America and backed it up with high-quality performances on the tour.

The new signing has Ancelotti’s full backing and will play a key role no matter what the set-up or formation next season.

One of two irreplaceable cogs

Set for a key role. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, word had it that the Italian tactician had two players with a firm foot in his starting lineup.

The first name on the roster is Bellingham, for his performances in the attacking midfield role place him well to start regularly at the apex of the diamond.

The other player with a guaranteed spot in the manager’s XI is Eduardo Camavinga. The French prodigy is still riding on the momentum that saw his rapid ascent last season and is set to play more minutes in midfield this term.

A promising debut

The former Borussia Dortmund star made a strong start to his Real Madrid career against AC Milan before scoring his first goal in the team’s second outing of the preseason against Manchester United.

He was one of the team’s best players in all four games, providing six key passes and completing eight dribbles in the process.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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