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Real Madrid’s 20-year-old prospect training with first team after Militao injury

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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.

Militao unlikely to play again this season. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. M.E Leboko

    August 14, 2023 at 11:41 pm

    Please never ever dream to use Ferland Mendy on that position,please.
    Ferland Mendy is the cause of every loss Real Madrid suffered last season.

    • PASRMA

      August 15, 2023 at 6:38 am

      With Carlo you can’t rule out anything.

  2. Hala_Madrid

    August 15, 2023 at 6:27 am

    Madrid would be better off selling Mendy and then use the funds constructively on the back line.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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