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Real Madrid Keeping Tabs On This La Liga Custodian: Should Ancelotti Move In For Him?

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In a recent report, Defensa Central claimed that Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Sevilla custodian Yassine Bounou. It has been mentioned that Los Blancos are weighing up a move to land the Morocco international.

Bounou’s Impressive Run Of Form For Sevilla And Morocco

Bono is having a decent campaign for both his club and country as he has been responsible for producing some influential displays in goal. The 31-year-old has conceded 35 goals and grabbed seven clean sheets in 24 matches for Sevilla and the Morocco national team this season across various competitions.

The Swiss-born keeper has performed well by averaging 0.8 clearances and 5.4 long balls per 90 minutes in La Liga. However, he needs to work on improving his ball distribution after making just 69.4% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium is set to expire in 2025. Thus, Real Madrid will have to make a serious offer if they want to snap Bono up next year.

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Should Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti Move In For Bono?

Bono is a solid handler of the ball and has got decent reflexes under his belt that help him make a few world-class saves at the back. Standing at 1.92m, the Moroccan sensation is a commanding presence inside his penalty box and doesn’t hesitate to come out of his lines to clear the danger or collect loose balls when needed.

Bono can be a safe pair of hands in between the sticks for a club like Real Madrid. However, Los Blancos are currently blessed with a world-class keeper like Thibaut Courtois who is still under contract at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium until the summer of 2026.

Hence, there is no urgent need for Carlo Ancelotti to move in for Bono. The Real Madrid boss would be wise to wait before moving in for the Morocco talent who is likely to have an inflated price tag next year, especially after impressing with his performances for his nation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

At 31, Bono has still got a lot of football left in him. He is good enough to fight for a regular starting spot with Thibaut Courtois at the Madrid club in the coming seasons. Still, Los Blancos would be better off investing in strengthening other areas of their squad if they want to challenge for even more silverware in the future.

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