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Real Madrid trio unlikely to be part of Brazil’s starting lineup at the World Cup

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Brazil will begin their FIFA World Cup campaign in a week as they kick things off against Serbia in Group H on November 24.

Ahead of the tournament, manager Tite has been working hard with his players to prepare them for the competition and lead the Selecao to the trophy they have not won since the triumph in 2002.

Real Madrid have three players in the Brazil squad that has travelled to Qatar for the World Cup in the form of Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes.

But, according to Mario Cortegana, none of the three Real Madrid players are likely to be a part of the starting lineup for Brazil at the World Cup.

The journalist claims that the Selecao’s training sessions are providing an indication of manager Tite’s plans for the tournament and as things stand, none of the Real Madrid trio seem to feature as part of his starting XI.

It was expected considering the wealth of talent that Brazil have in their roster. With Thiago Silva and Marquinhos locking down the centre-back spots, Militao was always going to be the third-choice centre-half.

He has been used as a right-back by Tite in the past but there too he will have to contend with competition from Danilo and Dani Alves.

As for Vinicius, he would have to directly compete with Neymar for a berth on the left flank. So, his selection in the starting XI was always going to be difficult.

Rodrygo also has competition from the likes of Raphinha, Richarlison and Antony, making it hard for him to get into the team as well.

Both the Real Madrid forwards have been in fine form this season at the club level. But they may have to settle for a secondary role in the national team setup at the World Cup.

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  1. Julio Navarro

    November 18, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I can see Vinicius sitting behind Neymar and Rodrigo to give way to Raphinha and even Antony, but Militao is a much better center-back than both Silva and Marquinhos at this point of their careers. I think by the end of the World Cup he will be in the starting lineup and if he isn’t than it’s a mistake on Tite’s part.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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