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Real Madrid worried over 25-year-old mainstay’s workload for club and country

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The hectic schedule is the one great evil in the world of football. Players are overworked amidst the constant shuffling between club and international football, often leaving them with little to no time to recuperate.

Unsurprisingly, it does not come without consequences. There has been a tangible rise in the number and severity of injuries sustained by players, and Real Madrid are no strangers to the same.

After all, they lost Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga and perhaps Rodrygo Goes in just the recent weeks owing to the same.

Valverde under pressure

As revealed by AS, there is tangible worry in the Real Madrid administration over the situation of Federico Valverde.

The Uruguayan star is Los Blancos’ second most utilised player this season and has a cumulative of 1312 minutes under Carlo Ancelotti.

He is also an integral part of his international setup and thus sees no respite to his schedule when on national team duty.

In the recent international break, Valverde played all 90 minutes in Uruguay’s games against Argentina and Bolivia.

No break for Valverde. (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)

Valverde arrives in Spain today after a long journey back and has just two training sessions before Real Madrid’s game against Cadiz where he is all but set to be a starter.

No chance to rest

Carlo Ancelotti would ideally have liked to rest the midfielder in the team’s upcoming league fixture. However, such are the current circumstances that it is not even a remote possibility.

Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga are both ruled out through injury, severely depleting the manager’s options in the middle of the park.

Ancelotti must thus start with Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde, and Luka Modric on the night, with Dani Ceballos and Nico Paz his only other options in the middle of the park.

Even if Valverde does not start on the day, duty off the bench appears to be written in stone. Worry around his fitness is thus warranted.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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