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Real Madrid new signing likely to be preferred over 28-year-old in key position – report



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Fran Garcia returned to Real Madrid after three seasons with Rayo Vallecano. The team from the Spanish capital exercised the buy-back option they had, resulting in them paying just €5 million for the young defender.

Now, the 24-year-old has been Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice left-back since the start of the season but that is largely down to the fact that Ferland Mendy was out injured.

The Frenchman picked up an injury in the United States during a pre-season friendly, which has paved the way for Garcia to get ahead in the race.

A tough competition but Garcia likely to be preferred

According to what Spanish publication AS has suggested, despite the irregularity in his performances early in the season, Garcia is expected to be Madrid’s first-choice left-back.

Mendy, who is close to returning from his spell on the sidelines, continues to struggle with his fitness. On top of that, the Frenchman’s lack of attacking aptitude seems to be a deal breaker for Ancelotti.

For what it is worth, it will be an important season for Mendy, especially after missing the important chunk of the 2022-23 season due to two different injuries.

Now, the 28-year-old is most likely to be available for the Real Sociedad clash but it remains to be seen who will get the nod eventually. 

Garcia not the best, but the only option

With sporadic displays of brilliance, Garcia has occasionally showcased his abilities, albeit without having a significant upfront impact.

However, during the match against Getafe, he committed an error that led to a goal, prompting Ancelotti to substitute him out in the 45th minute.

The Real Sociedad game will be crucial for both Mendy and Garcia but truth be told, the latter is more likely to start as Madrid would not want to rush Mendy into the starting XI. A slow and steady incorporation is expected.

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Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano



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Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.

Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.

Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.

Real Madrid impressed by Endrick

Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.

The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.

And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.

Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.

Real Madrid happy with Endrick. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Endrick also learning new languages

Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.

The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.

As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.

Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.

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