How Real Madrid could line up 5 years from now
Real Madrid's defense for the future should ideally be: Right-back: Achraf Hakimi, Centre-backs: Raphael Varane and Jesus Vallejo, Left back: Sergio Reguilon.
Considering that Sergio Ramos is 32 years of age, it is clear that the club will soon need a new captain. No one is better suited for that task than his current partner in the heart in the defense, Raphael Varane. The French international, who won the World Cup with his national team this summer, came to Real Madrid in the summer of 2011.
He has established himself as one of the irreplaceable players in the starting lineup. He already won 11 trophies with Real Madrid, including 4 Champions League titles in the last 5 years. Known for his strength, speed and technical ability, Varane is only 25 years old and he still has plenty to offer in the Los Blancos shirt.
His partner in the heart of the defencs could be Jesus Vallejo, the 22-year-old centre back who came to Real in the summer of 2015 from Zaragoza. What is incredible about him is that he was Zaragoza's captain aged only 18.
In the 2016/17 season, he went to Eintracht Frankfurt where he demonstrated his class. He is a very talented player with excellent physical predispositions. However, he quite often has problems with different injuries. If he can solve that problem, he definitely has a bright future at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Once Dani Carvajal is past his best, Real Madrid don't need to worry about his replacement. They already have two exceptional players to fill his boots: Alvaro Odriozola and Achraf Hakimi. Of these two players, Hakimi seems like the one that has more potential.
Hakimi is 3 years younger than Odriozola and is currently on the loan at Borussia Dortmund. He has already established himself in the starting lineup of Favre's squad which is currently at the top of the Bundesliga. The Moroccan international has 17 appearances in all competitions with 1 goal scored and 6 assists provided.
Dortmund is perfect for his development and when he returns to Madrid, he will surely be ready to be the first pick for their starting eleven.
The best left back in the world right now is definitely Marcelo Vieira. Real Madrid can be happy to have had this player in their squad for years. However, he doesn't have many years left at the top level as he is already 30 years old. It is therefore time to think about his replacement.
Sergio Reguilon looks like a player who could perfectly replace Marcelo on the left side of Real Madrid's defense. He has many similarities to the Brazilian, as he is fantastic offensively with abilities to dribble, cross and make overlapping runs. He grabs every opportunity with both hands and most importantly, plays with an unbelievable desire to prove himself in his favourite shirt. Because of this approach, he has already garnered the sympathy of many fans.