Has Jude Bellingham been able to replace Karim Benzema at Real Madrid? Carlo Ancelotti answers

Carlo Ancelotti drops his plan to use Bellingham as the ideal replacement of Benzema for his goals.


Has Jude Bellingham been able to replace Karim Benzema at Real Madrid? Carlo Ancelotti answers

(L) Carlo Ancelotti and Jude Bellingham (R) Karim Benzema (Source: Reuters/ Getty)

Carlo Ancelotti showered praise on Jude Bellingham, asserting that the English midfielder is responsible for filling the void left by star striker Karim Benzema. Real Madrid’s decision not to secure a replacement for Karim Benzema, who departed for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad, has left a gap. The English talent has taken La Liga by storm. Impressively notching three goals in his initial two outings for his new team.

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In an interview with Spanish Media outlet AS, Ancelotti said, “[Real Madrid and I] never thought about signing the Nigerian(Victor Osimhen), within the club, we think the arrival of Jude Bellingham covers the absence of Benzema, without creating too many parallels.” Ancelotti added: “He’s a serious, mature boy with quality. What he’s doing doesn’t surprise those who know him, what’s surprising is that he’s only 20 years old.”

In light of the absence of a traditional number nine, Carlo Ancelotti has adjusted his formation this season, deploying Bellingham as a number 10, strategically positioned just behind two separated strikers. Real Madrid has surged to the top of La Liga standings with consecutive victories against Almeria and Athletic Bilbao.

Unlike his roles at Borussia Dortmund and with the English national team, Bellingham has been assigned an advanced position, supporting strike duo Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo. As Real Madrid faces Rafa Benitez’s Celta Vigo on Friday, the former Birmingham City midfielder aims to sustain his impressive performance.

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Jude Bellingham scores on dream debut for Los Blancos

Jude Bellingham. (Source: MadridXtra)
Jude Bellingham. (Source: MadridXtra)

Jude Bellingham stood before the vibrant red stand of Spain’s iconic arena, the cathedral-like San Mames Stadium. With arms outstretched, he absorbed the moment. A mere 36 minutes into his Real Madrid debut, already securing his first goal and an accompanying photograph. New teammates, including Aurélien Tchouaméni, Dani Carvajal, and Vinícius Júnior, rushed to join him, all clad in white. This was the experience.

Adorning the legendary No. 5 jersey of Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane, Bellingham initiated the game while Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, the veterans he’s set to succeed, observed from the bench. While not entirely unprecedented, it wasn’t without significance; fans were already drawn to him. He exuded a unique aura, evoking Madrid’s hopes for an era-defining player, a distinct individual emerging.

A captivating fusion of styles – a commentator on Spanish radio even linked him to Zidane. Characterized by a graceful stride and gentle touch, combined with multifaceted roles. His position is at the apex of the diamond formation. While managers and media heap praises upon the youngster. He knows his roots and how to stay humble to grow into the Galactico the fans want him to be.

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