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Real Madrid will not let ‘untouchable’ youngster leave amid Arsenal links

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On Friday night, reports emerged claiming that Arsenal were plotting a loan move for Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga in the ongoing January transfer window.

The Gunners have been very active in the market of late, having signed Leandro Trossard while also pushing for the captures of Jakub Kiwior and Ivan Fresneda. And Camavinga, too, has emerged as a possible target for Mikel Arteta’s Premier League leaders.

However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid have no intention whatsoever to let Camavinga leave the club this month.

The Italian journalist adds that Los Blancos intend to continue with the same squad at least until the end of the season. He further adds that the club retain total faith in Camavinga and see him as an important player for the present and the future.

This coincides with claims from COPE (h/t Madrid Xtra), which state that the reigning Spanish and European champions see the 20-year-old youngster as ‘untouchable’ and have no desire to let him leave the club midway through the season, even if it would be only on a loan deal.

Real Madrid signed Camavinga in the summer of 2021 from Rennes but manager Carlo Ancelotti was very measured and cautious in his usage of the youngster in his debut season.

But, the young Frenchman made some valuable contributions towards the end of the 2021/22 campaign, helping Real Madrid win La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

Camavinga, however, has seen his game-time continue to be restricted this season as well. Even when he has started, Ancelotti has been quick to take the 20-year-old off. The Italian tactician has subbed the midfielder off at half-time on as many as seven occasions already.

With Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Federico Valverde ahead of him in the pecking order, Arsenal are looking to capitalise on his situation by taking him on loan.

The report from COPE clarifies that Real Madrid do not intend to let Camavinga leave, while also stating that they have not received any request from Arsenal for the 20-year-old either.

So, there will be no exit for the Frenchman this month as Real Madrid look to successfully defend their domestic and European titles.

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Ancelotti’s dilemma: How will he handle a fully fit defense next season?

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to face a challenging situation in restructuring his defence for the upcoming season and that is largely down to key players like David Alaba and Eder Militao are returning to full fitness. 

Interestingly, this situation might put Antonio Rudiger’s spot in the starting lineup under significant pressure.

Back when Rudiger joined Real Madrid he was supposed to strengthen a defence already featuring Alaba and Militao. Despite their young age, these two had firmly established themselves in the team. 

Over the past two years, however, Ancelotti has consistently relied on the duo, with Rudiger and Nacho serving as their main substitutes. 

A big decision awaits Ancelotti

As the new season approaches, Ancelotti faces a dilemma similar to the one he had with goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois. A similar situation is likely to unfold with Rudiger and Militao vying for the right centre-back position.

It must be remembered that Militao suffered an untimely injury last season, prompting Ancelotti to choose Rudiger over Nacho, who, although right-footed, is also adept on the left side. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to assess his defensive duo for next season. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the season progressed, Rudiger proved his worth, becoming a mainstay in the defense. His physical strength, bravery, and aerial prowess made him a reliable choice. 

His ability to play out from the back earned him the respect and confidence of his teammates, overshadowing Militao’s absence.

Rudiger’s importance has grown

Rudiger’s importance grew further when Alaba got injured in December. He became the cornerstone of the defence, often partnering with Nacho or Aurelien Tchouameni. Even when Rudiger played on the left side, the defensive structure remained solid.

When Militao returned in the last month and a half of the season, he struggled to regain his previous form. The long recovery period left emotional scars, and he was not the same player he had been before the injury. 

Consequently, Ancelotti opted to keep Rudiger in the lineup for crucial matches towards the end of the season.

With the new season on the horizon, Rudiger’s strong performances will present a significant challenge for Ancelotti. 

As Alaba also returns from injury, Ancelotti will have to decide who among Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba will be benched. 

Rudiger has proven his capability, often outperforming the Brazilian, whose post-injury form is still uncertain. 

Adding to the competition, Real Madrid might sign Leni Yoro and even Rafa Marin could return from his loan spell which could further complicate Ancelotti’s decisions.

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