What does life after Sergio Ramos look like for Real Madrid?
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What does life after Sergio Ramos look like for Real Madrid?

Sergio Ramos announced his exit from Real Madrid this summer, and the big question is, who will play in the centre of Madrid's defence in 2021-22?

Futaa looks at the options - how will they replace Ramos?

Raphael Varane

Without Ramos, the 28-year-old France international Varane might be the new defensive leader, although Varane is expected to leave this summer and Ramos' departure is unlikely to change that.

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are among the clubs interested in acquiring him.

With only a year left on his contract, Madrid is willing to let him leave for the appropriate price. Everything goes into the 'sign Mbappe' pot.

David Alaba

The Austrian replaces Ramos in the sense that he signed just days before the Spaniard's departure, but can he do so on the pitch?

Wherever he plays, the former Bayern left-back/left center-back wants the freedom to attack. He could play on the left side of a three, although Ancelotti is more likely to play four at the back.

Nacho & Eder Militao

Last season, Nacho came in to replace Ramos, and if he continues to play, it will appease fans who believe the squad is losing its Spanish heart.

Nacho is a step backwards, but he possesses some of Ramos' energy, can get forward, and is dependable.

Militao could partner Alaba in Madrid's new-look defense with Nacho as a backup if Varane leaves, but they would still require a fourth center-back.

Victor Chust

Last season, the 21-year-old center-back made an impression with one start and one replacement appearance.

The B-team captain won the UEFA Youth League the season before last and has also won a U-19 Euros medal.

He's muscular and aggressive, and he takes the ball out of the back excellently with his right foot, much as a young Ramos did.

Likely outcome

Varane out. Alaba and Militao first-choice pairing next season. Nacho and Chust as back-up unless a swap deal can be done to bring in a fourth-choice defender for nothing.

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