Saturday, December 9, 2023

The future is already present in Florentino’s Real Madrid: French muscle and Brazilian goal

Florentino Pérez has a mantra in his businesses: “Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today.” His convulsive obsession with having everything tied up and planned has saved him many setbacks in his business career and when he joined Real Madrid he implemented that ‘modus operandi’ in a club in which problems were solved on the fly. The other commandment that presides over his life management is “think big.” And there are numerous examples of this since he presides over the Chamartín club.

Renewal of the ‘Gang’

These days he is executing the medium and long-term plan that he has designed together with José Ángel Sánchez, general director of the club, and Juni Calafat, director of scouting of Real Madrid. The renovations of the ‘Gang’ locker room have been closed with the extension of contracts Vinícius Júnior (until 2027), Rodygo Goes (2028)Eduardo Camavinga (2029) and Valverde (2028).

Four young people who are fully proven in the first team, where they are fundamental pillars of the squad and directly ‘culprits’ of many of Real Madrid’s successes in this virtuous cycle with Carlo Ancelotti that has led them to win all possible titles with him. club in the last two years.

Yes to them Jude Bellingham joins, with a contract until 2029, and Aurelién Tchouameni, who will be a white player until June 2028, It is easy to see that the backbone of the team is assured for the next five years. Besides, Next summer the Brazilian Endrick will land in Madrid, who turns 18 on July 21, with a contract on the table until 2027 with a three-year extension option, which will lead him to wear the Real Madrid shirt until 2030.

Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior. Reuters

Projecting the ages of these footballers within five years, In 2028, Vinícius and Tchouameni will be 28 years old, Rodrygo Goes will be 27, Camavinga and Bellingham will have turned 25, Endrick will be 22 and the veterans will be Valverde and Militao with 30. The Brazilian center back is the next player to appear on Real Madrid’s renewal list, extending his contract for three more years to reach 2028.

Afro-French muscle from Clairenfontaine and goal for the ‘meninos’

This offers a game map with a midfield that will speak French, with the physical deployment of Camavinga and Tchouameni forming a metallic double pivot, and up front they will speak Brazilian with Vinícius, Rodrygo and Endrick. However, the bracelet will be worn by a Spanish-speaker, the ‘Halcón’ Valverde, thus fulfilling the dream with which he arrived at Valdebebas at the age of 16 in May 2015 from Peñarol, after paying five million.

It does not seem a coincidence that the midfield has the vigor of two Frenchmen with African rootsa football school that dominates world football with players sculpted in Clairefontaine where France designed its champion team. Nor is it fortuitous that Calafat continues searching for diamonds in Brazil, where the most talented attackers in world football come from if we look at the volume and quality of their attackers. A strategy perfectly designed by Juni, who also does not neglect the emerging European market, where he has ‘fished’ other notable players.

Bernabéu, Di Stéfano and Florentino

This will be the ‘core’ of the team, which the galactics on duty can add, whether they are Mbappé (24 years old), Haaland (23), defensive specialists of the moment in the form of goalkeepers or centre-backs, and will be completed with youth players from Valdebebas They have to break down the door. Youth players guarded by Santiago Solari in the Real Madrid Sports City, which after the assembly of committee members next Saturday will be renamed Florentino Pérez Sports City.

Vinicius, Bellingham, Rodrygo and Tchouameni. RM

So, Real Madrid will have a remodeled Santiago Bernabéu stadium that will open on December 23, 2023, an Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium, where Castilla plays, and a Florentino Pérez Sports City in Valdebebas in which he sculpts his quarry and his teams work.

Sports City that has 1.2 million square meters, where there are 11 natural and artificial grass soccer fields, the Di Stéfano, with capacity for 6,000 spectators, a basketball pavilion, a medical center and the administrative building, in addition to the players’ residence.

And with the future made present The next two folders on Florentino Pérez’s desk have two proper names: Kylian Mbappé and Xabi Alonso. The first as an imminent issue, the second as a commitment to consolidate in the medium and long term. As an advisor and friend of Florentino who is very close to the president usually tells him: “Presi, I love it when the plans turn out well!”


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