Despite the recent roadblock in Real Madrid’s pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, the Los Blancos are expected to stay true to their transfer strategy of betting on youth.
In this context, Spanish publication MARCA has confirmed that while Endrick is already on his way to the Spanish capital, Real Madrid plan to make other possible signings to add to this young squad.
Over the last few years, the record European champions have moved their focus from building a Galactico to creating a team for the future and the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni are the perfect illustration of it.
Trend continued this summer
While Endrick’s transfer was sealed back in December 2022 for an initial €35 million, the Merengues continued to rope in young talent.
Now, the transfer fee paid for Jude Bellingham is indeed beyond €100 million but the former Dortmund midfielder is already repaying the investment.
Furthermore, Arda Guler, who is just 18 years old, was signed from Fenerbahce, and even Fran Garcia recently turned 24.
Who is in line next?
The most obvious answer to that question is Kylian Mbappe. The 24-year-old Frenchman happens to be a Real Madrid-bound player either this summer or next year.
Now, there are also rumours about Erling Haaland, who waited for Real Madrid in the summer of 2022 before deciding to join Manchester City, but nothing is concrete. The truth of the matter is that Madrid can move on without either one of them.
The management of course likes the attacking duo but they do not want to make an unnecessary fuss about it. If a player fits in the agenda, Madrid will go for it, but if not, the team will move on.
However, one thing that will continue to exist will be their bet on young talents. Regardless of the transfer fees, they will carry on with this trend.
Real Madrid retain total confidence in Carlo Ancelotti despite derby disaster – report
Sunday night was a disappointing one for Real Madrid as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The Merengues suffered their first defeat of the 2023/24 season as former striker Alvaro Morata scored a brace for the Rojiblancos while Antoine Griezmann was also on target.
Real Madrid might be feeling aggrieved by some of the calls made by the referee on the night but they were just not good enough to secure all three points at the Metropolitano.
Real Madrid retain full confidence in Ancelotti
Despite the disappointing performance and outcome, Real Madrid retain their full and total confidence in manager Carlo Ancelotti, reports Jose Felix Diaz (via RM4Arab).
There had been question marks about the team selection made by the manager for the derby against Atletico Madrid.
After all, the Italian opted to bench Joselu from the starting XI to bring in Luka Modric and shift the tactics.
Aurelien Tchouameni was also left out despite being one of the team’s strongest performers this season with Toni Kroos being preferred.
The Real Madrid hierarchy wishes for the manager to trust the next-gen midfield for the big games but Ancelotti’s selection indicated that he is still not ready to do so.
Despite there being some differences, the board retains full confidence in Ancelotti.
Ancelotti accepts blame for defeat
It was a disappointing performance from Real Madrid in their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far and speaking after the match, manager Ancelotti accepted the blame for the outcome.
“Maybe I could have done it better. It’s pretty clear. When the team doesn’t do what it has to do, it’s my responsibility. It’s my fault,” Ancelotti said.
With the game done and dusted, Real Madrid now turn their focus towards producing a strong comeback when they face Las Palmas later this week.