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Real Madrid regret selling 25-year-old defender in a rush and for a lower fee

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The planning for the coming summer transfer window in the offices of Santiago Bernabeu is massive. The club see several departments to be in urgent need of younger legs, including the number 9 position and midfield. One such department is the fullbacks.

Thus, a lot has been said about Real Madrid letting go of the likes of Theo Hernandez and Achraf Hakimi. Both players were at the club a few years ago and left after being told that they had no future in Madrid. Now, they are amongst the best players in the world in their position.

ABC (h/t MadridXtra) reveals the reasons why the club let go of the young stars. According to the Spanish outlet, Real Madrid were not convinced by Theo’s development at the club and saw the option of buying Mendy and keeping Marcelo to be superior.

Now, the management acknowledges that his sale was hasty and finalized for a low fee. His market value has quadrupled since he joined AC Milan, and there it is unlikely that the Spanish giants will try to sign him again.

As for Hakimi, they sold him because Daniel Carvajal was an undisputed starter and gave no room for the youngster to participate. The lack of playing time, coupled with the difficult financial situation during COVID, led to the decision.

Currently, at right-back, the club have Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez to cover the base. However, both players on the wrong side of 30, and can barely sustain their level in the near future.

The situation at left-back is not pleasant either, with Ferland Mendy dropping unconvincing displays regularly and David Alaba refusing to play in that position.

The decision to let go of the prodigies, thus, could come back to haunt the club in the years to come. Right now, Los Blancos eye Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich as a possible signing on the left side. On the right-flank, names like Pedro Porro and Malo Gusto are on the table.

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  1. Rafael Abadia

    January 12, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Hakimi should never of been sold and Alaba has to play in the position he is told or else his pay can be frozen.
    No if or buts about it !!

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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