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Real Madrid uninterested in signing a new right-back, ready to back youth talent if needed

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Midway through the season, Real Madrid’s form has seen a dip leading to questions over the lack of quality and depth in some positions of the squad.

A new left-back will very much be on the club’s agenda for the summer due to the fact that Ferland Mendy remains the only option at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal.

However, it has also been suggested that Los Blancos could look for a new right-back as well, as indicated by their recent enquiry for Benjamin Pavard of Bayern Munich.

However, MARCA is now reporting that Real Madrid will not go for a new right-back in the summer.

As things stand, Ancelotti has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as his first and second choice for the right-back slot, respectively.

And, as per the report, Real Madrid retain complete faith in Carvajal and Vazquez to bear the weight next season as well. Furthermore, it is claimed that the Merengues will turn to their academy if the need arises.

The likes of Vinicius Tobias, Alex Jimenez, and Jesus Fortea all have profiles that could be of use to Ancelotti on the aforementioned front, and the manager will look to give them a chance to prove their worth.

For the time being, Carvajal holds the regular starting spot at the club with Vazquez acting as a more than able deputy. With the latter currently injured, Tobias could explode onto the scene immediately as Carvajal’s backup. Should he make an impression, the youngster’s loan move could be made permanent.

This also means that the likes of Pedro Porro, Malo Gusto, and Joao Cancelo, who was linked very recently, are off the table. Instead, Los Blancos would invest their resources in Jude Bellingham, a left-back and possibly a centre-forward.

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.

Brazil

Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.

Uruguay

Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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