Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have defined an era in midfield for Real Madrid. Despite being on the wrong side of 30, their influence on the Merengues‘ performances has not seen a dip in the slightest, as seen by their impact last season.
According to reports from AS, Kroos and Modric’s importance in the Real Madrid setup will continue to remain ‘supreme’ come next season. Carlo Ancelotti counts on the veterans as much as he did last season.
The report comes as the latest update to a long-running conversation on how Ancelotti must balance his resources in midfield next season. After all, the Italian gaffer has no shortage of options in midfield.
Eduardo Camavinga has proven to be a quality option to play in the middle of the park and is an undisputed starter in Ancelotti’s eyes. After all, he will not have to play the part-time role of a left-back after Fran Garcia’s arrival.
The fight for a starting spot only intensifies when one considers the arrival of Jude Bellingham. The English prodigy is a starting-quality option for the manager in midfield, competing directly with Kroos and Modric. Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Ceballos, and Federico Valverde are also in the fray.
The spotlight is thus on Ancelotti and his management of the situation. Prima facie, one scheme appears to be the plan up the coach’s sleeve.
At 33 and 37 years of age, Kroos and Modric understand that they will not be regular starters next season, at least not together. The veterans could thus feature in alternate games as starting options, thus enabling a smooth transition to the next generation and passing on invaluable tricks of the trade.
Come the big European nights when experience counts, the German-Croatian combination can start in unison. On other occasions, it will be a juggling act. Ancelotti has all the power and resources at his disposal. It is now only a question of management, and the Italian has always been a master of the craft.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.