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Real Madrid want to add 19-year-old ace to create a star-studded midfield unit for the future
It is a manager’s dream to have the best players in the world for every position. Yet, as rosy as it may sound, managing multiple quality players in the same position is a task only a few managers can handle.
For the past decade, Real Madrid have had some of the world’s best midfielders in their ranks. Of them, the trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro went on to etch its name in history as one of the greatest in history.
Unsurprisingly, Real Madrid do not want to compromise on the quality of personnel in the middle of the park. The management aims to replace the veterans with some of the finest young talent, some of whom are already in their ranks.
According to reports from AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Los Blancos wish to have the likes of Jude Bellingham, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde in their squad all at the same time. In short, they do not wish to ship out one of the existing talents to bring in the highly-rated English midfielder.
Tchouameni has arguably stolen the headlines for Real Madrid this season since arriving from AS Monaco. The Frenchman oozes class every time he steps on the field and has proven to be a more than able replacement for Casemiro.
Valverde’s start to the season has not been any less explosive. The Uruguayan has scored three goals and provided one assist in just six league games so far this term. Further, he also has a goal and an assist to his name in the UEFA Champions League.
Camavinga, meanwhile, has been eased into the thick of things by manager Carlo Ancelotti. But the Frenchman is starting to show his class and quality almost every time he steps out on the field.
And to this existing trio, Real Madrid also want to add Bellingham to create a star-studded midfield unit that will dominate for the next decade or so.
Bellingham is the club’s primary target for the summer transfer window next year. Despite competition from the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs, Los Blancos are confident about their chances of landing the 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund ace.
While it is easy on paper to accommodate all four players together, it remains to be seen how Ancelotti manages to keep them satisfied with his rotations, should Bellingham end up joining Real Madrid.
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Ancelotti hails Real Madrid attacker after Sevilla win: “He has significant qualities”
Real Madrid secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sevilla yesterday, in what was the club’s final away game of the season.
Rodrygo was the star performer of the game, racking up two goals and being handed the Man of the Match title. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on the Brazilian after the game, stating, “Rodrygo did well in the centre-forward role and he can also play there. He has different attributes.”
“If you can dribble through the middle you have a better chance of scoring than if you dribble out wide. Because of his quality, it’s easier for him to find opportunities in this area. He doesn’t have the physicality for aerial clashes, but he has significant qualities,” he added.
Rodrygo, though, was a bit annoyed with Ancelotti over his substitution as he ‘wanted to score another goal’. In response, Ancelotti said, “Rodrygo wanted to stay on the pitch to go for a hat trick, but I told him that we had different objectives. He wanted to score, but I didn’t want to concede a goal. We finished with four centre-backs and managed the game well.”
Ancelotti went on to laud the atmosphere at the Sanchez Pizjuan, especially as there were no insults hurled at any of the Real Madrid players. “The atmosphere in the stadium was great despite some whistling towards Ceballos. I didn’t hear any insults and so we’re on the right track. The fans should be congratulated,” he said.
“People have started to understand what to do in the stadium and what not to do. We have to continue in this vein,” he added.
The Real Madrid manager also talked about Alvaro Rodriguez, pointing out how the youngster has room to improve.
“He’s a really young player and he’s got talent. He’s had a slump in the last period. When he’s played with Castilla he hasn’t always been at his best. Today we needed him and we’ll bear him in mind for the future. He’s young and has room for improvement,” he said.
Ancelotti talked about the future of Marco Asensio as well, with the playmaker reportedly set to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
“On the subject of Asensio, I don’t know what the situation is, just as I don’t know about Nacho. Before the last game, everything will be cleared up. On a personal level, I’m sad to see them go because they are very important. We’ll prepare for next season depending on the decisions they make,” he said.
The Italian manager also offered an update on the availability of Vinicius, adding, “As far as Vinicius is concerned, he has two days to rest and we’ll see if he can play the last game.”
Finally, Ancelotti confirmed he will be supporting Roma in the UEFA Europa League final. He also revealed how he had a conflict of interest with Sevilla manager Jose Luis Mendilibar.
“I wished Mendilibar all the best for the Europa League final. I’ve had a conflict of interests because I was captain of Roma in the 70s. On Monday we’ll be celebrating the league forty years later. I’m a bit of a Roma fan, but I want the best team to win. Mourinho is truly a great friend of mine and my heart has a closer connection with Roma than it does with Sevilla,” he said.