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Real Madrid veteran duo will continue to remain vital cogs in Ancelotti’s plans – report



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Real Madrid are home to some of the most talented young players in world football at the moment, with a recent report from CIES claiming that six of the 15 most valuable players in the world currently ply their trade at the Bernabeu.

At the same time, though, the club have also retained the services of some of the old guards in the form of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

Kroos has recently extended his contract with Los Blancos and while there were initial uncertainties surrounding the future of Modric, the Croatian, too, penned a new deal last month.

According to MARCA (h/t Madrid Zone), Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has still retained his trust in two of these old midfield guards. The Italian coach rates them highly and the two legendary midfielders are likely to retain their status as integral members of his plans.

Ancelotti believes both Modric and Kroos have all the qualities required to thrive in his 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 systems or any other formation he deploys. This comes even after Real Madrid’s high-profile acquisitions of Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler.

There were whispers Ancelotti might shift to a different formation in order to incorporate Bellingham into the team. And it appears the Real Madrid veterans will continue to remain vital cogs in the manager’s plans, irrespective of which formation he plays.

Bellingham, though, may still play a crucial role in the team, especially in the number ten position in a potential 4-2-3-1 setup. The presence of seasoned veterans like Modric and Kroos might just help players such as him, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni develop quickly.

This could ultimately set off a very stable transition for Real Madrid, as they look to build a strong foundation for the future.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later



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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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