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Real Madrid not targeting breakout La Liga midfield star, Bellingham remains the priority

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There has been a lot of noise about Real Madrid potentially shifting their attention to Gabri Veiga, knowing their top target Jude Bellingham could cost a fortune.

Veiga has been one of the rising stars in La Liga this season, establishing himself as a first-team regular at Celta Vigo. He has mesmerised the onlookers with his performances on the pitch, notably racking up nine goals and four assists this season.

However, according to a recent report from MARCA, it appears Real Madrid are not targeting Gabri Veiga. Given the player’s performances in La Liga this term, it is natural his name has been associated with Real Madrid, but the player is not in the club’s road map, at least for the time being.

It must be noted that Real Madrid were not the only club linked with a move for Gabri Veiga, who has a hefty €40 million release clause embedded in his Celta Vigo contract.

Nevertheless, the report suggests Los Blancos have set their sights firmly on Jude Bellingham. The Borussia Dortmund starlet is the undisputed top target for the Spanish giants as they look to move on from the old guards such as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

Although both the ageing midfielders look set to remain at Santiago Bernabeu for at least another season, it should not spoil Real Madrid’s plans to sign Bellingham.

The club, in fact, have not stopped working on an economic solution in their bid to sign the Englishman, who has been courted by several other European giants. Manchester City, for one, appear to be Real Madrid’s number-one rival in the race to sign the midfielder.

Liverpool were involved in the race too, but have dropped out recently, while a prolonged stay at Borussia Dortmund has not been ruled out either. Only time will tell what the future holds for the former Birmingham prodigy this coming summer.

As for Veiga, he does not seem to be in the immediate transfer plans at Real Madrid.

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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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