Real Madrid are not worried about the right-back position and are satisfied with the options at their disposal currently, reports Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA (h/t Madrid Zone).
This update comes amidst the Spanish capital giants being linked with a move for Chelsea captain Reece James for the summer of 2024.
Real Madrid happy with what they have
As things stand, Real Madrid have Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as their options in the right-back position.
There had been concerns about Carvajal in the recent past due to his performances being up and down and his fitness issues.
However, the veteran Spaniard has started the 2023/24 campaign on a very strong note, impressing for both club and country over the past month.
As for Vazquez, he has served as an able deputy in the right-back position in recent seasons despite being not a natural defender. The Spaniard’s contract, however, expires next year.
Going down into the academy, Los Blancos have some exciting options in the right-back position.
Vinicius Tobias is back at Castilla on loan and could make the move permanent while further down the rungs, there are talents such as Jesus Fortea and David Jimenez, among others.
And, it is said that Real Madrid are happy with options within the club’s first-team setup and the academy.
Should Real Madrid sign a new right-back?
As mentioned earlier, Lucas Vazquez’s contract expires next year. Furthermore, the Spaniard is already 32 years old.
As for Carvajal, while he has a contract that runs until 2025, he too will be turning 32 in January.
Having laid down the perfect succession plan for their midfield unit, Real Madrid should consider following a similar plan for the right-back slot.
As such, bringing in a new player for the position for next season would be prudent as it could allow the club to slowly phase Carvajal out and integrate whoever arrives.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”