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Real Madrid will only consider signing a centre-back if there is another injury – report



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Fortune has not favoured Real Madrid thus far this summer. The men in white are just one game into the 2023-24 campaign and already find themselves without the services of their best goalkeeper and defender through ACL injuries.

The board has done well to recruit Kepa Arrizabalaga as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois. However, the situation at centre-back is not as clear.

The Merengues are in a dilemma as to whether or not to sign a new player in the department.

Prima Facie, they wish to trust Castilla’s young talents but that has not stopped the media from linking them to players on the market including Sergio Ramos.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid will enter the market for a new defender only if there is another injury before the market closes. 

What are the options at Ancelotti’s disposal?

The Italian tactician has a rich squad available to him and faces no direct shortage of resources at centre-back. 

As it stands, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger are expected to start in central defence for Real Madrid this season.

Alaba, Rudiger set to feature prominently. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Nacho Fernandez will serve as a more than able deputy while the manager could opt to use Ferland Mendy in the position too.

Academy stars on the manager’s radar

If there is an injury to any of the three aforementioned players after the window closes, Ancelotti will be forced to turn to the young crop of players in the academy.

Luckily for him, there are profiles in the subsidiary team that interest him.

Marvelous Antolin Garzon, fondly called Marvel, has already been spotted training with the first team as a backup option for Ancelotti. 

Further, the Italian gaffer also has his eyes on the likes of Alvaro Carrillo and Rafel Obrador as potential alternatives.

As such, Real Madrid are not looking to sign a new centre-back at this point and will only consider a move if there is another injury.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season




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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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