New status in defense

The goodbye of the French Varane, together with the departure of Sergio Ramos, causes that there are six players for two places in the central demarcation.


Accompanied by Pepe or Varane, the usual thing in the last decade (it was from 2011-12 when the one from Beds 'forgot' about the right back to consolidate himself as one of the best center-backs in the world) has been to see Sergio Ramos in the axis of the rear in any starting lineup of Real Madrid. With the departure of the captain and the French, a new era opens in the center of the white rearguard, with a new signing (Alaba) and old acquaintances who, if another reinforcement does not arrive, aspire to accompany the Austrian as a regular partner in the onces of Ancelotti.

David Alaba (29 years old)

The Austrian, the only signing so far (he came free from Bayern after finishing his contract), inherits the position, the number and even the salary of Ramos (he will earn 12 million net). Due to the configuration and needs of the team, he arrives to perform as a center-back, although he has a versatility that has allowed him to play as a left-back and in advanced positions throughout his career.Nacho Fernández (31 years old)

The youth squad, who for years has been a wild card of maximum guarantee in the face of any contingency in the position that was behind, has demonstrated his solvency to be a starter. His final leg of last season was spectacular. With Ramos's injury, he had to participate in 22 of the last 23 games (Getafe's was lost due to suspension), with an outstanding performance. A one club man who has renewed with the white club until 2023.

Eder Militao (23 years old)

The Brazilian dispelled doubts in the final stretch of last season, when he teamed up with Nacho. Although he arrived in 2019 with the vitola of being the most expensive center-back in the history of the white club, he was relegated to the status of the fourth center-back just before Varane's convalescence from coronavirus and an injury suffered by the Frenchman later gave him the opportunity to vindicate themselves and show their qualities.Jesús Vallejo (24 years old)

He faces what may be his second stage in the white dressing room (he played 19 games between 2017 and 2019) after a semester on loan at Wolverhampton and another season and a half at Granada, without a prominent role. He's with the Olympic team at the Tokyo Olympics. Ancelotti will have a few days to evaluate him and decide his situation in the team.Victor Chust (21 years old)

He was a starter in Glasgow, a condition that was not new to him. Last season he already debuted with the first team in the Cup, had a testimonial debut (four minutes) in the League against Getafe and repeated, already as a starter, in the second round match against the azulones. He belongs to the generation that conquered the Youth League last summer. It will have a record of Castilla.

Mario Gila (20 years old)

He had offers to leave (in January he rejected a proposal from Sassuolo), but Ancelotti, delighted by the reports available to him, blocked any attempt to see his evolution in situ. The 26 minutes he played against Rangers (he came in to replace Chust) marked his debut for the first team.

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