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.
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.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.