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Real Madrid put 19-year-old forward up for sale, several clubs interested

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With the signing of Kylian Mbappe and the imminent arrival of Endrick from Palmeiras, Real Madrid are set for a double boost to their forward line this summer.

The aforementioned duo will join Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Brahim Diaz, and Arda Guler, while Joselu is also likely to be signed permanently.

The number of attackers means that there is no clear pathway for Real Madrid Castilla striker Alvaro Rodriguez to the first-team setup next season.

Alvaro Rodriguez up for sale

Now, Mundo Deportivo reports that given the situation, Real Madrid have decided to put Alvaro Rodriguez up for sale in the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old Uruguayan forward has made ten first-team appearances for Los Blancos and scored once – a match-saving goal against Atletico Madrid.

On his way out. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

However, he barely featured with the senior setup this past season and was largely with Castilla, scoring ten goals from 34 matches.

With no space in the senior team right away, Alvaro Rodriguez will now be allowed to leave in the summer by Real Madrid.

No shortage of interest

Building on that, the report states that there are plenty of suitors for Rodriguez, who will be turning 20 years old next month.

Indeed, La Liga clubs Getafe and Rayo Vallecano are understood to be interested in the young striker, while newly-promoted side Real Valladolid are also keen.

However, it is Getafe who hold the strongest interest and given the good relationship between the two clubs, a deal could certainly materialise.

Real Madrid value Rodriguez at around €10 million, although that fee could drop significantly if the club decide to retain 50% rights of the player.

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Ancelotti’s dilemma: How will he handle a fully fit defense next season?

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to face a challenging situation in restructuring his defence for the upcoming season and that is largely down to key players like David Alaba and Eder Militao are returning to full fitness. 

Interestingly, this situation might put Antonio Rudiger’s spot in the starting lineup under significant pressure.

Back when Rudiger joined Real Madrid he was supposed to strengthen a defence already featuring Alaba and Militao. Despite their young age, these two had firmly established themselves in the team. 

Over the past two years, however, Ancelotti has consistently relied on the duo, with Rudiger and Nacho serving as their main substitutes. 

A big decision awaits Ancelotti

As the new season approaches, Ancelotti faces a dilemma similar to the one he had with goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois. A similar situation is likely to unfold with Rudiger and Militao vying for the right centre-back position.

It must be remembered that Militao suffered an untimely injury last season, prompting Ancelotti to choose Rudiger over Nacho, who, although right-footed, is also adept on the left side. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to assess his defensive duo for next season. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the season progressed, Rudiger proved his worth, becoming a mainstay in the defense. His physical strength, bravery, and aerial prowess made him a reliable choice. 

His ability to play out from the back earned him the respect and confidence of his teammates, overshadowing Militao’s absence.

Rudiger’s importance has grown

Rudiger’s importance grew further when Alaba got injured in December. He became the cornerstone of the defence, often partnering with Nacho or Aurelien Tchouameni. Even when Rudiger played on the left side, the defensive structure remained solid.

When Militao returned in the last month and a half of the season, he struggled to regain his previous form. The long recovery period left emotional scars, and he was not the same player he had been before the injury. 

Consequently, Ancelotti opted to keep Rudiger in the lineup for crucial matches towards the end of the season.

With the new season on the horizon, Rudiger’s strong performances will present a significant challenge for Ancelotti. 

As Alaba also returns from injury, Ancelotti will have to decide who among Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba will be benched. 

Rudiger has proven his capability, often outperforming the Brazilian, whose post-injury form is still uncertain. 

Adding to the competition, Real Madrid might sign Leni Yoro and even Rafa Marin could return from his loan spell which could further complicate Ancelotti’s decisions.

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