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Real Madrid not thinking about re-signing former defender from Manchester United

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Over the past few days, there has been a lot of chatter about Real Madrid and their possible pursuit of a new defender in the upcoming January transfer window.

Following the ACL injury to David Alaba, there have been plenty of speculations about whether the Merengues plan on signing a new centre-back or not, especially considering that Eder Militao is also out with an ACL injury.

Even though initially it was suggested that there will be no new signing, it appears that Real Madrid have changed their stance and are already scouring the market for a new defender.

No interest in re-signing Varane

Now, a fresh update from MARCA has provided more details about Real Madrid’s pursuit of a new centre-back in the upcoming January transfer window.

As per the report, there has been no considerations given to the idea of re-signing Raphael Varane from Manchester United in the winter.

The Frenchman’s name has been linked heavily with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu of late, with the defender having fallen out of prominence at Manchester United recently.

It was even reported that Varane would be willing to return to Real Madrid and would even consider taking a pay cut to make it happen.

Reports also suggested that Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti would also be open to reuniting with the World Cup winning-defender.

But, as things stand, the thought of bringing Varane back has not crossed anyone’s mind at the Valdebebas.

The original plan

Rudiger-Nacho partnership does not inspire confidence. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

The report further states that Real Madrid’s idea was to strengthen the centre-back position in 2025 and not now. But the current circumstances have forced a change in their roadmap.

The injuries have left the Merengues with just Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez as the senior centre-backs.

Aurelien Tchouameni is seen as a perfectly capable alternative and the Frenchman, too, has been convinced to fill in as a makeshift central defender.

But, the partnership of Rudiger and Nacho does not really convince the higher-ups at the club, and the latter’s recent disciplinary record is also seen as an issue.

As such, a new defender will very likely arrive in January, but what seems certain is that it will not be Varane who will come.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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