A report from Spanish publication SPORT has emerged that Real Madrid are already contemplating a replacement for Dani Carvajal and for that matter, Chelsea captain Reece James has been identified as a potential candidate.
Real Madrid are actively seeking to bolster their right side of defence and have set their sights on James, with the anticipation that he could serve as a pivotal component in Carlo Ancelotti’s strategic framework, much like his compatriot Jude Bellingham.
The team from the Spanish capital remain deeply committed to rejuvenating its squad, prioritizing the development of young talent.
The addition of Bellingham, coupled with the recent contract extensions for Vinicius and Rodrygo, reflects the club’s dedication to building a bright future.
These moves align well with the earlier acquisitions like Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni, who are poised to become integral pillars of the team in the upcoming years, alongside the likes of Federico Valverde.
Madrid have an alternative, but Ancelotti not convinced
On the right-back position, Ancelotti relies on the experienced Carvajal, showing less preference for a prominent player like Lucas Vazquez.
In this context, James has emerged as a promising alternative, capable of seamlessly fitting into the right-back position without any difficulty.
It is said that Ancelotti views James as a valuable addition to his defensive lineup, and in Madrid, following the positive impact of Bellingham’s arrival, there is a growing inclination towards scouting talent in England once more.
Furthermore, even the feedback from the technical office scouts regarding the Chelsea player has been highly favourable.
Despite the interest, Madrid acknowledge the formidable challenges involved in acquiring a player like James from Chelsea.
To begin with, it must be noted that the player rose through the ranks of Chelsea’s youth system, having joined the club’s youth ranks at the tender age of six.
Furthermore, with a contractual commitment that extends until June 30, 2028, securing James’ services for Real Madrid appears to be a formidable task.
However, Real Madrid believe that the player might be swayed by the team’s underwhelming performance this season, languishing in the 11th spot in the Premier League.
Additionally, the allure of the ‘Bellingham effect’ within the Real Madrid ranks could potentially influence the player should he decide to entertain their offers as well.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo