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Silly season has already reached fever pitch with all the stories about Real Madrid. It becomes increasingly difficult to ascertain what information is credible and what is noise for engagement. A lot of the rumours come from the mere mentioning of names taken without context. For now, I take largely what Fabrizio says, what the players say and what clubs themselves say. Of course is reports are not being contradicted and are repeated on trusted media outlets we have to take the seriously.
Karim on ice..
️ Benzema: “A message to the fans? One, two, three, Hala Madrid.” pic.twitter.com/5CndrrJ8O1— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) June 1, 2023
Karim Benzema has yet to clear up his situation. Real Madrid have supposedly had a contract ready for him since 2022. So far it seems the announcements will starts to flow after the last game of the season.
The club will have all of the transfer window to host farewell functions for any significant departures. We will have to be patient.
The RW/CAM Trade-offs
Nico Paz is the Asensio replacement everyone is looking for. He does not have the experience Asensio had when he joined but good enough is old enough. The teenager could play the role Asensio has had since 2016/17. Worse case scenario, it doesn’t work out but the club didn’t have to pay anything.
Nico Paz is a regular in the first team training sessions, where his talent has not only not gone unnoticed, but has attracted a lot of attention because there are many who see something special in him. "This boy should train with us every day because he's so good," commented… pic.twitter.com/AAOc2xpEFd— Real Madrid Fabrica (@FabricaMadrid) May 30, 2023
The club has focused so much on cashing in on youth players that they’ve forgotten that they can actually promote youth players to build the first team squad.
In 2020, in the months before covid, Real Madrid was working on the signing of Kai Havertz. Everything was on track, the footballer agreed and an agreement with Leverkusen was on the way. However, Real Madrid, due to the pandemic, stopped the operation. @jfelixdiaz pic.twitter.com/m5JAcYdaen— Infinite Madrid (@InfiniteMadrid) June 2, 2023
An example of the myopia is how the club is linked with the likes of Havertz when we have Nico Paz. No disrespect to Havertz but what Real Madrid fan wouldn’t take Nico Paz over Havertz under the circumstances? And yet..
✅️ Luka Modrić has already agreed to renew his contract for another season. The player told Florentino Pérez he only wanted to continue at Real Madrid. @MarioCortegana - @GuillerRai pic.twitter.com/tNbhFdniik— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) May 30, 2023
Luka Modric has never made any bones about his desire to stay at the club for life. Until Real Madrid announce his departure, we can count on Modric to try everything to continue his stay at the Bernabeu.
320 - Which players covered the most distance (in metres) per 90 minutes with their ball carries in the Premier League in 2022-23?— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 30, 2023
320m - Jack Grealish
302m - Allan Saint-Maximin
270m - Aymeric Laporte
269m - Rúben Dias
258m - João Cancelo
If Real Madrid sign Bellingham, they add a ball carrier. Fran Garcia is a strong ball carrier as well. Camavinga and Vinicius are already well documented. Fede Valverde does not do it enough but he’s very good at it. This could change the approach to breaking down opponents by carrying the ball more instead of relying on passing lanes which we’ve seen consitently clogged in La Liga
The Daily Poll
Do young players need modern managers?
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Carlo is great for young players
What is the gap between Man City and Real Madrid?
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The 4-0 defeat was a blip
The talent gap is small but City have a superior system