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Real Madrid will not be able to sanction the sale of left-back next season

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After a long period of contemplation, Real Madrid were able to secure a deal for Fran Garcia late in the January transfer window.

Rayo Vallecano’s president confirmed that the young left-back will join Real Madrid at the end of the season. Real Madrid have reached agreement with Vallecano, having exercised the player’s release clause which was valued at €10 million.

But since Real Madrid had 50% rights of the player, they only had to pay €5 million. This led many to believe that the Whites may opt to cash in on Garcia in the summer in order to make a quick profit, given that clubs such as Bayer Leverkusen were willing to meet the player’s €10 million release clause in January.

However, according to Sergio Santos, that option has been ruled out, both by Real Madrid and by law.

Indeed, the new FIFA laws suggests that clubs cannot be involved in ‘bridging a transfer’. This is mentioned in FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players Edition of October 2022.

If two consecutive transfers of the same player (national or international) take place within a period of 16 weeks, it will be assumed, unless otherwise stated, that the parties (clubs and player) involved in those two transfers have participated in a bridging transfer,” says the law.

Real Madrid, therefore, cannot sanction the sale or even loan out Fran Garcia in the summer. Either way, the club had no intention to offload the Rayo Vallecano starlet as they have identified him as the ideal man to compete with or even perhaps replace Ferland Mendy at left-back.

The Frenchman is facing an uncertain future at the club, as he has struggled with consistency this season and there are concerns over his potential. This led Real Madrid to execute the release clause of Garcia, who has shown a lot of promise in La Liga this season and has what it takes to succeed at the Bernabeu in the years to come.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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