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Real Madrid scouting 21-year-old Argentine midfield talent – report

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Real Madrid’s midfield has become a talking point for the world of football. Despite Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro being on the wrong side of 30, they produce consistently excellent performances.

However, it is the harsh reality that the trio will not be at the club in a few years. Modric is not expected to stay beyond next season, and Kroos is rumoured to be considering retirement after the World Cup.

That said, the club are busy scouting replacements for their legendary trio. According to reports from TyC Sports and Diario Ole (h/t TheMadridZone), they have identified River Plate’s Enzo Fernandez as a possible option.

The Argentine has been an undisputed starter for both Marcelo Gallardo and Lionel Scaloni’s side this season.

Fernandez plays as an attacking midfielder, preferably on the right side of the field. What makes him invaluable to his managers are his creative output and immense work rate.

He has accumulated a whopping 954 minutes under his belt, scoring four goals and providing three assists in the process. Moreover, he is considered one of Argentina’s brightest young talents.

At just 21 years of age, the midfielder has a long career ahead of him. He averages 2.5 key passes per game and has created five big chances in the league alone.

Real Madrid already have Eduardo Camavinga who plays in a similar situation. However, should they get Fernandez on a budget deal, it would not hurt Carlo Ancelotti to have more than one option at his disposal.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report

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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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