Following the conclusion of a relatively average season where a case of burnout particularly hampered Real Madrid’s ambitions of competing for all trophies, the club are now keen on bolstering their squad depth.
As such, Romain Molina has come out to claim that Real Madrid are looking at the right-back market, potentially for next year.
Dani Carvajal has been Real Madrid’s first option at right defence for a number of seasons. But concerns over his long-term ability to hold down the position have grown as a result of a decline in performance levels.
Moreover, Carvajal’s backups, Lucas Vazquez and Nacho Fernandez, are only makeshift right-backs and are into their thirties. Alvaro Odriozola, on the other hand, has made very few appearances and is anticipated to leave this summer.
In light of Los Blancos’ current situation at right-back, it is no surprise to see Real Madrid look out for fresh blood.
Fran Garcia has rejoined Real Madrid from Rayo Vallecano. The 23-year-old will face off against Ferland Mendy for the starting left-back position, and Real Madrid could profit from a similar configuration in the right-back position.
If the Merengues decide to make moves for a right-back, the likes of Achraf Hakimi and Kyle Walker have been mentioned as potential targets in the past.
Hakimi, who still recalls his time in Madrid with great fondness, has chances of completing a homecoming if Real Madrid push hard for his signature.
While it remains to be seen whether will go for a more experienced option later in the window, for now, they seem to be close to agreeing a loan deal for Vinicius Tobias, with the player spending the previous season at Real Madrid as well.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”