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Real Madrid set sights on Manchester United defender for January



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Great challenges often call for old friends, and Real Madrid appear to be opting towards the same strategy in light of their defensive crisis.

With David Alaba joining Eder Militao on the sidelines with an ACL tear, Carlo Ancelotti is not left with many options in defence after all.

The Merengues manager only has two natural centre-back options at his disposal ahead of Real Madrid’s clash against Deportivo Alaves, and the situation will not improve for a few months at least. Needless to say, a new signing is the need of the hour.

A familiar face

According to reports from Christian Falk, Real Madrid are considering the return of Raphael Varane from Manchester United as a possible solution to their defensive problems.

After all, the player is no stranger to the white colours having played and starred for the club for close to eight seasons.

The Frenchman has not enjoyed the best of starts to the new season with Manchester United, starting just five of the team’s 17 games in the Premier League.

Erik Ten Hag has shown a preference for the likes of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and even Jonny Evans over the UCL winner, throwing his future at the club into jeopardy.

A return on the horizon? (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Varane’s current contract with Manchester United runs until June 2025, and it remains to be seen how that factors into a potential winter transfer.

The list of options

Despite Real Madrid’s public stance of not signing any players in January, the coaching staff are convinced that a new defender will arrive, as revealed earlier this week.

Raphael Varance, needless to say, is not the only player being considered.

Los Blancos eyed Rafa Marin’s potential return from Alaves as an option, but it has now come to light that they do not have a recall clause on the loanee.

Leny Yoro, Goncalo Inacio, and Antonio Silva are some of the other players linked, although nothing concrete has developed on any front.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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