Eder Militao’s ACL rupture is just the latest on Real Madrid’s long list of injured players. The Brazilian, along with Thibaut Courtois, is set to miss most of the ongoing season, handing Carlo Ancelotti a big blow early on.
Under normal circumstances, one would expect Los Blancos to sign a new player in the current transfer window to serve in place of Militao.
However, as revealed earlier today, the administration has decided not to go after a new signing and instead opted to trust the academy stars.
According to reports from Rodra, Real Madrid Castilla defender Marvelous Antolin Garzon is training with the Real Madrid first team.
The youngster, commonly referred to as Marvel, is the player Ancelotti likes the most to serve as a backup centre-back in the first team.
Who is Marvel?
The 20-year-old Moroccan-born defender is one of Castilla’s most rapidly rising talents. He boasts of significant pace, strong anticipation, and timing of challenges and also possesses a strong passing range.
Rodra goes on to describe Marvel’s profile as a central defender and claims that the youngster is more similar to David Alaba than Militao. He is left-footed and can also play on the wing as a full-back.
In his short career thus far, he has won the Spanish Championship in the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18 categories with Real Madrid.
Who does he face competition from?
Ancelotti currently has his eyes on the subsidiary side’s defenders, but it is not only Marvel who has caught the Italian tactician’s eyes.
As revealed earlier today, the manager is also maintaining close tabs on the likes of Alvaro Carrillo and Rafel Obrador whose profiles interest him.
Moreover, he is also actively considering the possibility of using Ferland Mendy as a centre-back if needed.
Needless to say, the aforementioned options will only come into the picture only if something unforeseen happens to the likes of Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and Nacho Fernandez.
The trio are currently best placed to handle the centre-back department.
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.