After a summer filled with Mbappe rumors, Karim Benzema’s departure and both the board and the manager saying that Real Madrid’s squad is complete, Los Blancos are left without depth in defense and attack, however with a Jude Bellingham who might just become the best in the world.
|Loan fee 1m
|Loan fee 500k
|End of loan
A few notable arrivals for Real Madrid, as they sign one of England’s most promising players, Jude Bellingham. A lot of Premier League clubs were after him, but at the end he chose Real Madrid. Arda Guler, a promising Turkish left footed attacking midfielder also chose Real Madrid. Fran Garca, Joselu and Brahim, 3 Spanish players also joined. Kepa came in on loan, due to Courtois’s injury.
Karim Benzema, Ballon d’or holder at the time of writing is the most notable departure. He joined Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Pro League on a free and a huge contract. Asensio to PSG and Mariano to Sevilla both left after their contracts expired, while Eden Hazard was released. It just didn’t work out for the Belgian. Blanco and Odriozola left for small amounts, while Vallejo, Rafa Marin and Reinier left on loan.
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
|Luka Modrić (vice-captain)
|Joselu (on loan from Espanyol)
|Kepa Arrizabalaga (on loan from Chelsea)
While Real Madrid has an amazing midfield depth with the likes of Bellingham(who is compared quite often to Zidane), Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Ceballos, experienced players like Kroos and Modric, plus young attacking midfielders like Arda Guler and Brahim Diaz, they clearly lack players in other departments.
While it can be said that they do have enough defenders and that Eder Militao’s injury was unlucky, the same cannot be said about the attack. Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Joselu Mato are the only true attackers in the squad, meaning Madrid’s attacking depth is non-existent. While Brahim and Arda Guler will most probably play some games in the attack, they are not true attackers, more like attacking mids.
Possible Starting 11
With both Courtois and Eder Militao out for an extended period of time, Carlo Ancelotti had to improvise quite a lot when it comes to building his team’s standard starting 11. Kepa is the #1 keeper, Rudiger is now Alaba’s pair at centre back. Carvajal starts RB, while Fran is the starting LB for now.
We have a diamond midfield with Tchouameni as starting CDM, Camavinga and Valverde at CM, who move wide often and Bellingham is starting at CM. Vini Jr and Rodrygo start in attack.