Sun. Jan 29th, 2023
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Real Madrid defender refused Ancelotti’s plans to change position this season – report

The planning at Santiago Bernabeu is usually always on point. When it comes to pre-season squad planning and decision-making, few clubs in the world can boast of being superior to Real Madrid.

For the Spanish defending champions to be facing a tricky situation at the left-back position is something not many would have seen coming. According to reports from AS (h/t Madrid Zone), the manager’s dilemma is not because of a lack of planning but a different set of factors.

The management is said to have planned on using David Alaba as the primary left-back this season ahead of Ferland Mendy. This also explains why the Merengues pushed so hard for Antonio Rudiger as a replacement centre-back.

According to the initial blueprint, Rudiger should have partnered with Eder Militao as the first-choice central defence pairing. Caravajal would complete the four-man defensive line as the right back.

However, Alaba refused to play as a left-back. The Austrian spoke with Ancelotti and insisted on playing centrally in his second season, leaving the manager short-staffed at left-back.

While Alaba has done well as a centre-back, Rudiger is also rising in prominence under Ancelotti. Now, the German is pushing to be a regular starter with Militao, which could pose a problem for Ancelotti.

Alaba is no stranger to playing as a full-back for it was as a left-back that he made his rise to prominence. However, at this stage of his career, the former Bayern Munich ace is keen on continuing as a centre-half.

With Mendy’s performances at left-back not convincing everyone, Real Madrid are likely to venture into the market for a new player in the position come summer.

The post Real Madrid defender refused Ancelotti’s plans to change position this season – report appeared first on Madrid Universal.


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