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Real Madrid see Castilla striker as a backup option for Karim Benzema

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The past few years have seen the very best of Karim Benzema. To imagine a Real Madrid team without the Frenchman is close to impossible now, and his importance cannot be understated.

In the recently concluded season too, Benzema had a massive role to play in both the club’s La Liga and UCL exploits. However, given that he is now 34 years old, the club are looking for a backup player to help the manager provide him with rest.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid Castilla player Juanmi Latasa is an option to fill that void in the team next season.

In 30 games for the Castilla team in the third division of Spanish football, Latasa scored 13 goals last season and averaged a goal every 184 minutes. Additionally, he has also scored two goals for the Spanish U-20 side so far.

The 21-year-old is far from the ideal replacement for Benzema in the long term. However, the team require only a temporary solution at the moment, and he could fill in those boots comfortably.

The Frenchman will continue to be a starter for Carlo Ancelotti next season, and Latasa’s role could be limited to playing a few minutes in the second half when the striker is taken off.

In 31 league starts for Los Blancos based side last season, Benzema scored 27 goals and provided 12 assists. In the Champions league, he recorded a stunning 15 goals and two assists in just 12 games.

After his magnificent season, he is the favourite to pick up not only FIFA The Best award but also the Ballon d’Or.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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