It’s more than evident that Real Madrid are already planning to reinforce the roster for the next season. For that reason, while several areas have already been earmarked, the centre-back position is one that has been kept on hold for a while.
According to SPORT, Carlo Ancelotti understands the resources he has at the moment in the central defensive department are more than enough. He has as many as five centre-backs at his disposal and considering the continuity of each one of them, there is absolutely no need to bring in the reinforcement.
For the manager, he wants to give each of his central defenders minutes to help them keep up their fitness levels and avoid unnecessary troubles.
Interestingly enough, however, the plans might as well take a hit if a certain Nacho Fernandez decides not to renew his deal with Real Madrid.
The 32-year-old’s contract ends at the end of the season but now that his relevance has diminished since Antonio Rudiger’s arrival, he is assessing his future options.
As for the team, the management expects him to continue for at least another year but the player is still thinking about it.
For now, Eder Militao and David Alaba headline Carlo Ancelotti’s playing XI while Rudiger and Nacho act as cover. Then comes Jesus Vallejo who is his team’s final contingency option at the heart of the defence.
At the same time, the team can also rely on some of their homegrown talents such as Rafa Marin. These are the players who can be utilized in low-intensity games.
Meanwhile, if a defensive reinforcement does arrive, it would be in the wide areas, especially the left-back region where Ferland Mendy is the only natural left-back they have at the moment, which is probably why he is getting regular minutes this season.
So in terms of defence, one can expect Madrid to go for a left-back and potentially a right-back. As far as their centre-backs are concerned, the position is more or less covered.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.