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Real Madrid Could Be Eyeing A Move For This Leicester City Midfielder: Right Choice For Ancelotti?

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In a recent report, Fichajes mentioned that Real Madrid could be eyeing a move for Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi. It has been claimed that Los Blancos might choose to move in for the Foxes midfield ace, who has a €60m price tag, during the January transfer window.

Ndidi’s Decent Run Of Form In English Football

Ndidi has been a solid presence at the centre of Brendan Rodgers’ midfield as he has continued to be a regular first-team starter at the King Power Stadium. The Nigerian sensation has featured in 11 matches for the East Midlands side this season, registering two yellow cards and one red card in multiple competitions.

The 24-year-old has been a consistent performer at the heart of Leicester’s midfield based on his average of 3.4 tackles, 2.4 interceptions, 2.7 clearances and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been excellent when distributing possession from midfield, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 83.6% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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LEEDS, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City battles for possession with Jack Harrison of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Leicester City at Elland Road on November 07, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
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Is Ndidi The Right Choice For Real Madrid?

Ndidi is a tough-tackling central midfielder who can time his challenges really well to make some crucial interceptions for his team at the centre of the park. He can sense the danger quickly and is not afraid to put his body on the line to block a goal-bound strike from the opposition.

The 34-time Nigeria international has proven his worth as an excellent anchorman in Rodgers’ midfield, so Los Blancos would do well to lure him to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in January or at the end of this season. Furthermore, the Leicester City star can use his strong 1.83m frame to win a few headers for his team in midfield and is a neat passer of the ball, so he won’t have any problems settling into Carlo Ancelotti‘s playing style at Madrid.

At 24, Ndidi’s best years are ahead of him which makes him a decent choice for the Madrid giants to pursue in the future. He will add some bite and steel to Ancelotti’s midfield and could offer some serious competition for Casemiro and Federico Valverde at the Spanish capital over the next few years.

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