If one had to single out a position in Real Madrid’s team to be strengthened, it would undoubtedly be the centre-back department.
Eder Militao and David Alaba form a solid partnership at the back, but none of the backup options are convincing enough to replace either of the starters.
Florentino Perez has the signing of a new defender on his agenda for the summer. However, it does not seem like the club will chase an established name to strengthen the side.
According to reports from Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid prefer the option of signing a centre-back on a free transfer in June. If such an operation fails to go through, Los Blancos will promote a youth player.
The situation will only change if a young centre-back whom the club like appears on the market.
Earlier, Antonio Rudiger was thought to be a potential option to sign for Ancelotti’s side. The German international has been a vital part of Tuchel’s Champions League-winning Chelsea side and carries the required portfolio to arrive at Bernabeu.
In 23 Premier League appearances this season, the 28-year-old has overseen nine clean sheets and averages three clearances per game. Additionally, on average, he offers one interception, one tackle, and four duels won per game.
However, the chance of him moving to Real Madrid dwindles with every passing day. Rudiger is now closer to extending with Chelsea than he has ever been before.
Some of the other names linked with a move to Madrid are Jules Kounde, Nico Elvedi, Christian Romero, Maxence Lacroix and Stefan de Vrij.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.