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Real Madrid Face Stiff Competition For This Bayern Munich Star: Should Ancelotti Get Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Fichajes revealed that Real Madrid are facing stiff competition for Bayern Munich star Benjamin Pavard. It is understood that Los Blancos will have to rival Atletico Madrid in the race to acquire the services of the French right-back, who is currently representing his nation, France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Pavard’s Impressive Run Of Form In The Bundesliga

Pavard has enjoyed a decent campaign with the Bavarian outfit and has been responsible for producing some promising performances on the right side of their defence. The French defender has scored four times in 21 matches for the Munich club this season in various competitions.

The 26-year-old has performed at a high level for Bayern on the right flank as he is averaging 2.5 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 2.2 clearances, 1.1 shots and 0.9 key passes per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga. He has even been excellent when interchanging the ball with his teammates, based on his pass success rate of 89.1% in the German first division (stats via whoscored).

Pavard is under contract at the Allianz Arena until the summer of 2024. Hence, Los Blancos would have a good shot at recruiting him on the cheap at the end of this campaign.

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Should Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti Get Pavard On Board?

Pavard is a good tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to secure possession back for his side on the defensive end of the field. He can clear his lines when required and is a decent crosser of the ball as well. The Frenchman can engineer some meaningful openings for his teammates in the final third and is also a good striker of the ball. He is primarily a right-back but can also operate as a centre-back if his manager asks him to do so.

A right-back of Pavard’s winning pedigree and quality will undeniably be an excellent addition to Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti’s squad next summer. He would be a perfect replacement for Dani Carvajal, who looks like a player on the decline, at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

At 26, Pavard’s best years are ahead of him which makes him an ideal choice for Los Blancos to focus on in 2023. He will enhance the quality of Ancelotti’s starting XI and help the Madrid giants maintain their dominance in both club and European football. With all things considered, Ancelotti should think about doing all he can to get Pavard on board soon.

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