How will £63m James Rodriguez fit in at Real Madrid?

James Rodriguez playing for Columbia

With the Colombia international attacking midfielder having joined the 2014 Champions League winners from AS Monaco for a reported £63 million, we now look at the different formations that coach Carlo Ancelotti could use to fit him in...

James Rodriguez has been given the number 10 shirt at Real Madrid, the number that was vacant last season due to the transfer of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.

However, the Colombia international's 'number 10' position is far from certain. Last season, coach Carlo Ancelotti hardly played with a playmaker especially in the second half despite the presence of a certain Isco in his squad.

Yet, a new campaign and new signings mean that the Italian, who is a master tactician, will be tweaking his formations and not always adhering to one system all the time. After all, familiarity means that the opposition will find it easier to play against them (just look at Barcelona's overused 4-3-3 and their failure in Europe in the last three years).

Rodriguez and Toni Kroos (who joined Madrid from Bayern Munich earlier this month) will now give Ancelotti more options but increase dilemma on which players to leave out of the starting line-up.

We now look at the different formations that Ancelotti can use considering that the squad he has at his disposal remains the same when the summer transfer window closes.

The 'back five' of Madrid is almost certainly not going to change. Diego Lopez will start in goal despite the potential arrival of Keylor Navas. Daniel Carvajal will feature at right-back, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane will be the two centre-backs, and Marcelo will be at left-back.

Kroos and Rodriguez will be in the starting line-up, which means that Ancelotti will have the following two formations readily available to him: 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1. Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will have to be in the team at all times, and so will Luka Modric, one of the three best players for Los Blancos last season.

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Just like last summer, Ancelotti wants to retain the services of Angel di Maria, his second best player of last season after Ronaldo, but the Argentina international winger is not going to play week in and week out (at least not initially).

We now look at the three different formations that Madrid could use next season.

4-3-3

Lopez

Carvajal - Varane - Ramos - Marcelo

Rodriguez - Kroos - Modric

Bale - Benzema - Ronaldo

4-2-3-1

Lopez

Carvajal - Varane - Ramos - Marcelo

Kroos - Modric

Bale - Rodriguez - Ronaldo

Benzema

4-4-2

Lopez

Carvajal - Varane - Ramos - Marcelo

Rodriguez - Kroos - Modric - Bale

Ronaldo - Benzema

How will Real Madrid line up next season?

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