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Real Madrid youngster determined to earn his place back in the starting lineup

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If there is one player in Real Madrid who is under pressure to prove his worth, it is Aurelien Tchouameni. The youngster endured a rough second half of the season in 2022/23 and now has a mountain to climb given the competition in midfield.

Los Blancos boast of a daunting blend of veterans and youth in the middle of the park. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos bring the experience to the table, while Eduardo Camavinga, Jude Bellingham, Dani Ceballos and Federico Valverde promise versatility and dynamism.

As it stands, Tchouameni is one of the last names on the pecking order given his drop in form. However, one factor playing to his advantage is his specialisation as a pivot.

According to reports from MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra), the French star is determined to win back his starting position next season. While it will not be easy, the youngster has shown to have what it takes to succeed at the highest level before.

If reports from last month are to be believed, Carlo Ancelotti sees Tchouameni as a starter for the coming campaign. This eases the prodigy’s cause by giving him a kickstart to his mission, although his continuity will boil down to consistency in the long run.

The 23-year-old made 33 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos last season, his first with the club, but averaged just 65 minutes per game. Further, he made just 24 starts in the league campaign and had four assists to show for it.

The pre-season campaign soon will thus be vital for his confidence. With Real Madrid moving towards a younger midfield core, Tchouameni will likely be a regular starter alongside Camavinga and Bellingham as the campaign begins. However, he could be the weak link in the setup if he does not up his game.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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