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Real Madrid veteran duo’s importance in Ancelotti’s plans will remain ‘supreme’



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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.

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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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