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Real Madrid to continue counting on veteran duo at right-back next season – report

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Real Madrid’s game-changing summer transfer window was expected to replenish several departments across the field. While the priority was always forward signings, the full-back department was a close second.

However, the board’s ambitious plans are no longer seen as feasible and the club continue aborting operations with potential targets. Multiple sources go as far as to say that the club will not make any more signings.

According to reports from AS, Los Blancos are certainly closed for business in the right-back department. Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez will remain the ones to man the defensive position next season.

The duo has done well in recent years to cover at right-back, and the need for a new signing arises because of their age and not a lack of quality. At 31 and 32 years respectively, Carvajal and Vazquez still have at least two years left in their boots before a backup becomes an urgent requirement.

Moreover, Carlo Ancelotti can also trust Nacho Fernandez to play as a deputy in the position if the need arises. 

Last season, Carvajal made 20 league starts for the Merengues and racked up two assists in that duration. Further, he made over five defensive actions and one key pass per game.

Vazquez, meanwhile, had a more limited role and was clearly the manager’s second choice. The 32-year-old had five contributions to show in the league alone, but still managed just 12 starts.

The Spaniard has been linked with an exit, with clubs in Italy showing some interest. However, he is not looking to leave the club this summer.

As such, the dynamics at right-back are not expected to change heading into the 2023/24 season. Ancelotti will continue to count on Carvajal as his first-choice right-back for his superior defensive solidity and understanding of the position with his fellow Spaniard serving as a direct deputy.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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