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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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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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