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Real Madrid staff retain complete faith in veteran defender ahead of new season



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Real Madrid’s dilemma in the right-back position has sparked significant murmurs on the grapevine regarding the disposal of the aging Dani Caravajal.

But with the Spanish international held in high regard by the coaching staff, it appears that his departure this summer is a subject that Madrid does not particularly contemplate at the moment.

According to Jorge C Picon, the confidence of the coaching staff in Dani Carvajal is total.

The report further argues that the veteran will proceed to be a starter for the Merengues next season.

Ancelotti & co. continue to back Carvajal

With reports of Ivan Fresneda previously being on Madrid’s radar as the successor to Carvajal’s throne, it appears that they no longer pursue the idea of engaging in direct competition with FC Barcelona for the signature of Valladolid’s youngster.

Carvajal was the defender with the second most minutes (207′) for Real Madrid in the pre-season tour held in the USA.

Such regularity and consistency in minutes provide a glimpse of Ancelotti’s trust in Carvajal, as he aspires to move forward with the Spaniard as his number-one option in the right-back spot.

Carvajal enjoys the staff’s faith. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Carvajal has been lauded for his ability to turn up in big moments, service forwards with his crossing ability and at the age of 31, he can act as a mentor for the youngsters.

Concerns about Carvajal

But concerns do exist regarding his fluctuations in form and whether he is the right man to be handling Madrid’s right flank with the new diamond formation tested by Ancelotti.

With a greater emphasis on offensive output, Carvajal’s waning physicality will be put to the test, as it will demand a great deal of Madrid’s full-backs.

On top of that, there are also concerns about his ability to cope with pacy wingers who can get behind him, something that was on display at times during the pre-season.

But, as things stand, Carvajal has full faith of the coaching staff and will continue to be the first-choice right-back.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report



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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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