While it is not rare for a single player to have the ability to cover multiple positions, these players are worth a fortune in the world of football and are highly sought after.
Real Madrid has had one such young gem in their arsenal since 2019. Though Zinedine Zidane identified and rewarded Marvin Park’s talent in 2020/21, Ancelotti has not been a big fan of the Spaniard.
According to reports from MARCA (h/t RM4Arab), Las Palmas are pressing to sign Marvin this summer. The 22-year-old primarily plays as a winger but is capable of playing centrally and as a full-back, too.
The Segunda division team are close to reaching an agreement with Real Madrid and see the youngster as an acquisition that will help them compete on all fronts.
The forward currently plays for Real Madrid Castilla. In 59 appearances for the B team, he has scored four goals and provided three assists.
He made his debut for the first team against Real Sociedad in September 2020. In his four appearances under the French manager, he managed one assist.
The youngster’s performances at the subsidiary team have been far from convincing. While his dynamism is valuable, he has lacked the end product on the field.
The senior team already has the likes of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez to play on the wings. Needless to say, the scope for Marvin’s promotion is bleak.
His contract with the Castilla team expires in less than a year. With Ancelotti not showing any interest in promoting the Spaniard, a departure could be the best decision for all parties involved.
Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report
Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.
The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.
The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.
The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday.
In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.
Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.
It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.