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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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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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