For many years, Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane were irreplaceable in the heart of Real's defense. In a short period of time, the Madrid club could be left without both. H They have already been left without a captain, Real Madrid allowed his contract to expire and go to Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United's offer for Varane is expected at any moment.
And if the Frenchman leaves, Carlo Ancelotti will be left with only three central defenders - David Alaba, Nachi, and Eder Militao. However, although the club is aware that they should strengthen the heart of the defense, the delicate economic situation does not allow them to do so, so Jules Kounde and Pau Torres, whom the sports sector sees as long-term solutions, will have to wait for better times.
Until then, writes the Madrid AS, Ancelotti will have to rely on what he has in his ranks. The experienced expert has three other candidates in them - Viktor Chust, Mario Gila, and Jesus Vallejo
According to the Madrid newspaper, the favorite, at least at this moment, to fill the position of the fourth defender is Chust(21).
Last season, Viktor collected 214 minutes with Zinedine Zidane and led Castile with the captain's armband whenever he did not receive a call from a French expert. He does not have the characteristic of central defender and is not characterized by a duel game, but by the ability to read the opponent's game.
He is good on the ball and able to send a good pass, and he can play on both sides in the heart of the defense, AS points out. With Vallejo, all options are open. They showed that they trust him in the club two seasons ago, when they extended the contract with the 24-year-old until 2025, however, they do not rule out the possibility of selling Blancos if a good offer comes.
He has a good season behind him in Granada, for which he played 37 games in all competitions, but he is in a big minus compared to his opponents, because he will miss the preparations with the club due to the Olympic Games.
The last of the three, Gila, has changed status since Ancelotti's arrival. In the winter he had an offer from Sassuolo, he was at the exit door again at the beginning of the summer, but the Italian expert stopped his departure.
Ancelotti watched several of his games from last season, read the reports of the scouting service and based on everything he saw, asked him to stay. In Castile, he will play a very important role with Raul, but he could finally make his debut for that as well. The audition can begin.