Real Madrid’s midfield is adorned with some of world football’s biggest names. With a perfect blend of youth and experience at his disposal, Carlo Ancelotti is spoilt for choice.
Luka Modric and Toni Kroos arguably continue to be the team’s biggest names in midfield. Yet, the younger generation has stepped up into the limelight this season and taken precedence.
Perez happy with French sensation
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, Florentino Perez is very happy with Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.
The Merengues supremo has even gone on to directly express his happiness to the player on several occasions, telling him “You are the best”.
The 21-year-old deserves every ounce of praise being showered on him, for the versatility and quality he has shown at Real Madrid is priceless to the manager’s plans.
Since his move to Los Blancos for €31 million in 2021, Camavinga has slowly climbed up the ranks. Last season, he burst through with consistent performances in midfield, although he spent the better part of the season covering at left-back.
In the 2023-24 campaign, he has already made 13 starts for Real Madrid in La Liga. He began the season playing as an interior midfielder but was called into action at left-back for some of Real Madrid’s big fixtures.
Currently, he is covering the defensive midfield for the injured Aurelien Tchouameni. At a tender age, his versatility is unreal.
Committed to Real Madrid
Less than a week ago, Real Madrid announced that the French protege had extended his contract with the club until 2029. The player is committed to the project in Madrid and is in love with the club.
As part of his new deal, Camavinga saw an improved pay scale and a much higher release clause, one that is now maintained at €1 billion.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo