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Real Madrid’s 24-year-old star has high chances of being called up for Spain

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Injury to Vinicius Jr. has paved the way for a certain Brahim Diaz to express himself within the Real Madrid first team.

And. if a report from AS is to be believed, the versatile attacking midfielder is being monitored by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), who happens to have collected a very positive report, increasing his chances of being called for Spain.

“Brahim’s individuality… Well, that has already been the icing on the cake. Spectacular,” said Carlo Ancelotti about Diaz after Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Villarreal where the forward was on the scoresheet.

This only goes to show the kind of confidence the manager has in the 24-year-old, who has scored four goals and two assists across 16 games for the team this season. Interestingly enough, two of his three league goals have come in the last five matches.

What happens when Vinicius returns?

Diaz has played in six out of the last eight games for Real Madrid, and this opportunity was only presented to him because Vinicius was not available. 

Brahim Diaz is being valued by the Spanish Football Federation. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Now, the Brazilian is expected to come back in 2024, and his position on the team is certain. However, Diaz has shown significant improvement and has become more than just a backup, even when other players are not injured.

RFEF keeping a close watch

Diaz’s impressive performance has made him a favourite among fans, and he’s now gaining recognition in the National Team as well. 

RFEF sees his current good form positively, especially in a club like Real Madrid. If he maintains this performance, there’s a good chance he might get called up for the Spanish team in the next selection, which is not due until March 2024.

Right now, the player is only focused on Real Madrid despite knowing that Morocco are still very much interested in his acquisition. 

However, the key factor for Diaz to choose Spain was Luis de la Fuente who expressed in October that Brahim should be considered. “Brahim wants to play for Spain, and the doors are open for him.”

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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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