Mar 09, 2024

Real Madrid new signing has Ancelotti's backing, will have a key role this season




There are still many unanswered questions about Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid setup heading into the new season. With new faces, a new formation and seemingly a new balance in the squad, the pressure is on the manager to make things work.

The tour to the USA gave the world its first look at the new Real Madrid setup and an analysis of its potential strong and weak points.

The men in white head back to Madrid with many learnings but also an equal set of positives to take away.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana (h/t Madrid Xtra), Jude Bellingham is one such positive factor in Ancelotti’s plans.

The youngster made a great first impression at the Valdebebas even before the team flew to America and backed it up with high-quality performances on the tour.

The new signing has Ancelotti’s full backing and will play a key role no matter what the set-up or formation next season.

Earlier this month, word had it that the Italian tactician had two players with a firm foot in his starting lineup.

The first name on the roster is Bellingham, for his performances in the attacking midfield role place him well to start regularly at the apex of the diamond.

The other player with a guaranteed spot in the manager’s XI is Eduardo Camavinga. The French prodigy is still riding on the momentum that saw his rapid ascent last season and is set to play more minutes in midfield this term.

The former Borussia Dortmund star made a strong start to his Real Madrid career against AC Milan before scoring his first goal in the team’s second outing of the preseason against Manchester United.

He was one of the team’s best players in all four games, providing six key passes and completing eight dribbles in the process.

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After a close race with arch-rivals FC Barcelona, Real Madrid signed Arda Guler from Fenerbahce in a deal worth €20 million last month.

The Turkish phenom is regarded as one of football’s brightest upcoming talents and started his career at Real Madrid on the right foot.

Guler displayed an excellent level of training and was even pushing for a starting spot in the pre-season tour. Unfortunately, an untimely injury saw his progress halted and his debut delayed.

Subsequent tests revealed a tear to the meniscus of his right knee and the player was expected to be out of action for close to two months.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana (h/t Madrid Xtra), Guler could start thinking about rejoining training soon if he continues without pain during the week.

The 18-year-old prodigy completed the first round of his treatment earlier this week and the feelings are positive after that. And if things go well over the coming week, there is a chance that a return to training might be sooner than anticipated.

However, one would expect the club to be cautious with his return to the field to avoid aggravating the lesion.

The youngster’s possible return to training comes as music to the ears of the Real Madrid administration.

After all, it was not too long ago that they considered the possibility of taking the player under the blade if his pain did not resolve in two months.

On that front, the Merengues could opt for resection of the affected part or a surgical suturing of the torn meniscus. In either case, the player would be out for an additional few months at least.

Given that a meniscal tear is a more serious affection when compared to the regular muscular setbacks, it will be critical for Los Blancos to ensure that they do not rush Guler back into training or the squad.

At 18 years of age, the youngster has his whole career ahead of him and it is vital that he recovers in the best way possible.

Carlo Ancelotti has no shortage of options in the attacking midfield, with Jude Bellingham appearing to be a guaranteed starter in the role now.

The goal with the Turkish star, thus, will be to gradually increase the load on his knee and hope for a complete recovery.