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Real Madrid staff believe it is getting harder to bench young forward after recent displays

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Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema are Carlo Ancelotti’s two untouchable players in the final third at Real Madrid. The duo has struck up a lethal partnership for Real Madrid in attack, and the recent El Clasico is a testament to the fact.

According to reports from MARCA (h/t Madrid Zone), Real Madrid’s coaching staff are slowly beginning to get a similar feeling around Rodrygo Goes. The management feel that it is hard to keep the Brazilian on the bench now given the manner in which he has repeatedly made an impact when called onto the field.

The development opens up room for speculation because the young prodigy does not have a fixed role on the field. He best operates as a number 10 with his intelligent movements and fearless presence in the box, but that position behind the striker does not exist in Ancelotti’s system.

The only vacancy in attack is on the right wing, a position where Rodrygo has done fairly well in the past.

The 22-year-old started Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey clash against Barcelona earlier this week, and even completed 100% of his attempted dribbles on the night. Notably, he scored a goal and provided two assists in the team’s clash against Real Valladolid last weekend.

Rodrygo has made 24 appearances for the European Champions all season, scoring five goals and providing seven assists in the process. He averages 1.5 key passes per game and has created nine big chances.

With a new sense of realisation in the club offices of Rodrygo’s talent, one can expect to see the youngster start regularly on the right wing in place of Federico Valverde.

Heading into next season, however, there could be a bigger change in role for the youngster, especially if there is a managerial change at Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million

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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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