As per recent reports, Real Madrid are keen on signing midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Leicester City. While the Nigerian midfielder is on the transfer list for many clubs including Manchester United.
Ndidi is the Foxes’ central-defensive midfielder and had joined the club in 2017 from Genk. The 24-year-old player has been the team’s main CDM ever since his signing. While he is also considered to be one of Brendan Rodgers’ favourites in the team.
However, clubs facing defesenvi midfield issues like Manchester United, are scouting on Ndidi and have approached the player on many occasions. The Nigerian player is also highly connected to a move to Real Madrid with the Spanish side showing huge interest to get the player in the January transfer window.
Carlo Ancelotti intent on bringing Ndidi to Real Madrid
The Nigerian is undoubtedly one of the best CDMs in the Premier League. In the 2019/20 season, he had made the most tackles and interceptions in Europe’s top five leagues. While in a total of 187 matches, he has 9 goals and 11 assists for the Foxes. (stats via TRANSFERMARKT)
His passing accuracy is decent and he does not contribute to many goals. But his work rate is tremendous. He makes tackles, interceptions and recycles possession, allowing his teammates to drift freely without the worry of much counter.
He is often all over the pitch and his ball-winning tendencies have been pivotal in Leicester’s attacking prowess. The 24-year-old player is one of the most underrated players and it is no doubt that he is wanted by many big clubs.
Ndidi’s possible contribution to the Los Blancos midfield
The Los Blancos midfield has one of the best CDMs in the world, Casemiro. The Brazilian has been the key supporter and dominant in both the team’s midfield and defense. He has also been the main defensive midfielder for his national side for quite some years.
While apart from being one of the best defensive midfielder, Casemiro is going to turn 30 next year. While since the start of this season, the Brazalian has lacked intensity and form. He has looked lazy and sloppy which has caused trouble to the team on a few occasions. It is being speculated that the reason is lack of rest. Hence, Ancelotti believes that Ndidi could be a suitable replacement for the Brazilian if the time comes, or in the worst case, he’d have another great DM at his disposal.
After signing Edouardo Camavinga for a fee of £34.4m in the summer and believing that Kylian Mbappe would join on a free transfer next year, Madrid is now ready to welcome Ndidi to the Santiago Bernabeu. While with the Nigerian’s contract with the Foxes expiring in June 2024, it is believed that Real Madrid would have to pay £51.4m for the player.
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