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Real Madrid rule out Cristiano Ronaldo winter signing due to two reasons

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s reign at Manchester United ended in a very uncharismatic way as the club sacked him for an interview he did with Piers Morgan. He went on record to criticise the manager, the club owners, and his teammates, leading United to terminate his contract.

Now without a team, Ronaldo has been training at Real Madrid’s facilities. He has been strongly linked to Saudi Arabian giants Al-Nassr, who have offered him a bizarre €200 million contract.

While his next club is undecided, Tomas Gonzalez-M reports that Ronaldo would ‘love’ to return to Madrid. However, Los Blancos have ruled out his signing on two counts.

One, they believe that signing Ronaldo would serve as an obstacle for young guns in the squad like Rodrygo and Valverde. The former, especially, serves as a back-up across the front-three, and has been doing an excellent job at it.

Valverde, meanwhile, is the starting right-winger for the club. And while his position does not match that of CR7’s, his game-time would definitely reduce should the Portuguese return to the Spanish capital.

Secondly, Madrid’s management are of the opinion that Ronaldo will not accept a back-up role quite yet. While his decline has been clear, the 37-year-old is still looking for an important role in his next team, presumably as a starter.

Given Karim Benzema’s injuries this season, Ronaldo could have, in theory, served as his back-up, but that seems rather implausible.

Further, Madrid have managed to balance their team on and off paper quite well. Ronaldo’s salary, distasteful attitude in the dressing room, and his antics off the pitch would only cause chaos within the team.

Coming off an incredible Champions League and La Liga run last season, Madrid face stiffer competition this season to retain their titles. They are sitting second in La Liga, two points off Barcelona, and will face Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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