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Real Madrid not expected to sign a new centre-back this summer – report



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Despite Eder Militao’s potential season-ending injury, Spanish publication Diario AS has claimed that the Los Blancos are not really expected to make any movement in the transfer market for the centre-back position.

Real Madrid made a winning start to the 2023-24 season, but this victory came at the cost of losing their first-choice defender for the rest of the season.

Reports in the media have been doing rounds that the Brazil international is likely to miss six to eight weeks of action.

The incident happened in the opening minutes of the second half against Athletic Club last night. The 25-year-old had an untimely slip while going to cut a ball which cause him a torn anterior cruciate ligament. 

Real Madrid have confirmed that the defender will undergo surgery in the coming days and will join goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on the treatment table.

What next for Real Madrid?

The loss of Eder Militao for the rest of the season is certain to affect Madrid at some point in time.

If not in the opening weeks, the team from the Spanish capital will have to get at least a temporary replacement, especially for a time when the tired legs will start to run off.

At this moment, they do have Antonio Rudiger and Nacho but if there is another casualty, it will be game over for Real Madrid.

Stretched thin. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Madrid were smart enough to take a dip in the market as soon as Courtois was ruled out due to the same problem, although the case with the Belgian was the fact that he is the only reliable stopper at the club as the manager does not count on Andriy Lunin.

But given the line of fixtures, especially after the turn of the year, Madrid will want to sign someone to replace the injured Militao.

Adding to it, if the management wants to put some thought into it, they can get a quality replacement in Sergio Ramos.

The former Real Madrid captain is still without a club at the moment and he would love to be a part of the team for the second time in his career. 

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Real Madrid retain total confidence in Carlo Ancelotti despite derby disaster – report



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Sunday night was a disappointing one for Real Madrid as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano.

The Merengues suffered their first defeat of the 2023/24 season as former striker Alvaro Morata scored a brace for the Rojiblancos while Antoine Griezmann was also on target.

Real Madrid might be feeling aggrieved by some of the calls made by the referee on the night but they were just not good enough to secure all three points at the Metropolitano.

Real Madrid retain full confidence in Ancelotti

Despite the disappointing performance and outcome, Real Madrid retain their full and total confidence in manager Carlo Ancelotti, reports Jose Felix Diaz (via RM4Arab).

There had been question marks about the team selection made by the manager for the derby against Atletico Madrid.

After all, the Italian opted to bench Joselu from the starting XI to bring in Luka Modric and shift the tactics.

Aurelien Tchouameni was also left out despite being one of the team’s strongest performers this season with Toni Kroos being preferred.

The Real Madrid hierarchy wishes for the manager to trust the next-gen midfield for the big games but Ancelotti’s selection indicated that he is still not ready to do so.

Despite there being some differences, the board retains full confidence in Ancelotti.

Ancelotti accepts blame for defeat

It was a disappointing performance from Real Madrid in their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far and speaking after the match, manager Ancelotti accepted the blame for the outcome.

“Maybe I could have done it better. It’s pretty clear. When the team doesn’t do what it has to do, it’s my responsibility. It’s my fault,” Ancelotti said.

With the game done and dusted, Real Madrid now turn their focus towards producing a strong comeback when they face Las Palmas later this week.

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