Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has told midfielder Antonio Blanco that he will still have relevant minutes this season even after the signing of Eduardo Camavinga, whose deal with Madrid is expected to be official soon. AS reported this Tuesday that Blanco was a bit nervous about his own situation but Ancelotti quickly let him know that his role won’t change much.
This probably means that Real Madrid didn’t sign Camavinga to be a defensive midfielder, which makes sense. Although Camavinga is young enough to learn that position and definitely has the skills to make an impact there, he’s mostly a central midfielder who should compete with the likes of Kroos, Modric and Valverde for minutes this season. Therefore, Blanco should be Casemiro’s backup as a defensive midfielder.
That obviously means that Camavinga won’t be a crucial player for Madrid this year. He’s still 18 years old and will definitely improve and develop by training alongside Kroos and Modric, so Ancelotti and his coaching staff will surely be patient.