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Real Madrid planning to utilise Castilla striker in the first team next season – report



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The stubbornness of Real Madrid’s administration is beyond flabbergasting. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been reeling with injuries for the better part of a month, and the impact of the thin squad on the results is evident. The situation cried out for new signings, yet all that Florentino Perez did was turn a blind eye.

The biggest void for Real Madrid this season has been felt at the centre-forward position. With Karim Benzema’s irregular fitness drawing the headlines regularly, it has become glaringly clear that the manager has no further resources in the position.

None of Mariano Diaz, Rodrygo Goes or Marco Asensio present a conducive situation and skillset to take over the striker role. That is where Alvaro Rodriguez enters the equation.

According to reports from journalist Rodra P, Real Madrid coaching staff has the Castilla striker on its plans for next season as a backup striker for Benzema. However, that does not go to say that he cannot have a bigger role.

At the same time, the club do not want to jump into the deep end by giving him a contract with the first team. The idea is to test the waters by calling him up for senior team matches while maintaining him on a deal with the subsidiary side. A promotion would depend on his consistency and output.

At just 18 years of age, the Uruguayan has been steamrolling through competitions with a great run of form, both for club and country. Furthermore, he has already made his debut for the first team and caught the manager’s eye.

The forward is currently playing for the U-20 outfit of the Uruguayan national team and has been a game-changer so far at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. He has already registered five goals and has an assist to his name in the competition.

What makes him a special presence on the field is a rare combination of two factors – a dominant physical presence with an immaculate touch in front of the goal. Thus, his profile is very different from that of Karim Benzema’s which Real Madrid value a lot.

The youngster will return to action for the Castilla side on 19th February, where he will look to continue to impress Raul and secure his spot under Ancelotti in the first-team setup.

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  1. M.E Leboko

    February 8, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    Yes,i hear now from comments that coach Ancelotti failed Real Madrid in some way but we forget things done by people on a power seat,like here it being Perez who has being denying the team for reinforcement.
    Carlo Ancelotti has nothing wrong he did it is only that this old man has something in secrecy with Barcelona management which will give innocent people to habour blame because of not standing any chance of clearing themselves of it.
    If Real Madrid was expected to perform good the management could have selected players to do good job but instead they just kept trust on players that are old and others who could not perform.
    Nothing can ever be attained anymore because of slim chances.

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Canadian international says playing against Luka Modric was a ‘lesson’ for him



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Real Madrid are blessed to have the services and loyalty of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. The duo have run the show in the Merengues’ midfield for close to a decade and continue to deliver flawless performances to date.

Of the two, however, it is the Croatian who deserves the higher credit. The veteran is now 37 years of age, yet dominates the middle of the park with grace and poise like none other.

Stephen Estuaqio, an FC Porto player and Canada International, spoke earlier this week about why he considered Luka Modric to be a special player and compared him with Kevin de Bruyne to support his stance.

“I played against De Bruyne, but I ran behind Modrić. I couldn’t play against him. It’s crazy how he dictates the game and controls everything. It was a lesson for me,” he said on The 90th minute on Youtube.

With his contract running out next season, Real Madrid are looking to renew his deal by one year come June. Yet, it is difficult to see him continue beyond next season and his imminent departure will mark the end of an era at the club.

Thus, Modric could be an altered role come next season. With a young midfielder, possibly Jude Bellingham set to arrive, the veteran could move into a mentorship role with the occasional appearance in big games.

This season, however, Carlo Ancelotti will continue to use him as one of the backbones of the side and deploy the maestro in the must-win fixtures coming up later this month.

At 37 years of age, Modric has started 16 La Liga games over 24 appearances this season in the competition. He has scored four goals and provided three assists in that process in addition to creating eight big chances with an average of 1.8 key passes per game.

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