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Real Madrid starlet practically promoted to the first team after recent exploits – report
Alvaro Rodriguez might have made only a few appearances for Real Madrid, but it seems like the 18-year-old has already made a major impression on the coaching staff.
Indeed, according to AS, Rodriguez, who is registered with the Real Madrid Castilla outfit, is practically a first-team player from now on for the rest of the season and will only return to play for Raul Gonzalez’s reserves only at specific moments.
This development comes after Rodriguez made a big impact after coming on as a substitute in the derby against Atletico Madrid this past weekend.
With the Merengues trailing against the ten-man Colchoneros’, the teenage striker came up with the equaliser with a thumping header late in the game.
A week before that Rodriguez had shone brightly in a cameo against Osasuna as he assisted Marco Asensio’s goal.
Speaking after the derby, manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the Uruguay youth international will be a first-team member from the next season.
Real Madrid have already planned to register him as a senior squad member with La Liga from the next campaign.
However, while the official promotion to the first team will have to wait until the summer, Rodriguez is now a part of the senior setup for all intents and purposes.
Given that Karim Benzema has had fitness issues this season, it makes sense for Ancelotti & co. to rely more on the 18-year-old, who, in just three appearances, has shown that he can make a difference at the highest level.
Rodriguez has been on the books at Real Madrid for a little under three years. He signed a new contract last year, prolonging his stay at the Spanish capital club until 2027.
And, he is now set for greater involvement in the first team for the remainder of the 2022/23 season before being officially promoted next term.
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25-year-old ‘impeccable’ star viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence
According to MARCA, Eder Militao is seen as the undisputed leader of the Real Madrid defence, thanks to his ‘impeccable’ level of performances. The 25-year-old’s standing in the team has forced a duel between David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger for the second centre-back slot.
Militao arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, joining from FC Porto in a deal worth €50 million. While he made a slow start to life in Spain, the Brazilian slowly grew in stature from his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Following the exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Militao established himself as a permanent fixture in the backline for the Merengues and was a standout performer last season as they won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy.
The 25-year-old has carried on in the same vein of form this season as well, featuring in 35 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, even chipping in with six goals.
The Brazilian international is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world currently, with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti sharing that opinion.
“I may lose credibility if I say Vinicius and Militão are the best striker and defender in the world respectively but it’s the truth. I am honest. Militão lacks nothing,” he had said last month.
Militao is not only viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence, but has also grown into a leader within the locker room as well, with the player being loved and fully supported by his teammates.
Militao’s presence has meant that Alaba and Rudiger have had to battle it out for the lone centre-back slot. The former had enjoyed a stunning season last time out after joining from Bayern Munich in 2021, but has struggled with injuries and fitness problems this term.
As for Rudiger, the German arrived last summer from Chelsea and started out slow, but has grown in confidence and stature, especially in recent months. So much so that, his signing is already being regarded as a success within the club.
In Militao, Real Madrid undoubtedly have a long-term fixture at the heart of the defence. But with Rudiger and Alaba in their thirties, the Merengues must look to bring in one more player who can take over from them in the near future and can form a partnership with Militao.