FC 24 Best Defensive Midfielders (CDM) to sign in Career Mode

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Defensive midfielders are very fashionable right now, despite them having spent years going under the radar. The recent signings of Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo have sent the transfer values through the roof! So, who is the best CDM to sign in FC 24 Career Mode?

These guys need to be able to break down play and read the game well to offer a shield for your defensive line, as well as being comfortable on the ball in tight spaces to play out of danger. Thankfully, EA FC 24 has a lot of players to pick from. Check out the best CDMs to sign in FC 24 Career Mode below.

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Best CDM in FC 24

Here are the top-rated defensive midfielders (CDM) available in FC 24 Career Mode and offline modes:

PlayerClubAgeContractValueWageOverallPotential
RodriManchester City272028£95.2M£213k8991
CasemiroManchester United312026£47.6M£162k8787
Joshua KimmichBayern Munich282025£59.5M£94k8787
Declan RiceArsenal242028£64.2M£119k8687
N’Golo KanteAl Ittihad322026£30.6M£57k8585
Thomas ParteyArsenal302025£38.3M£128k8585
Ismael BennacerAC Milan252027£48M£71k8489
Aurelien TchouameniReal Madrid232028£49.7M£136k8489
Ruben NevesAl Hilal262026£40M£53k8486
PalhinhaFulham272028£36.6M£94k8485
KokeAtletico Madrid312024£25.1M£63k8484
Pierre-Emile HojbjergTottenham272025£31.5M£85k8384
Konrad LaimerBayern Munich262027£32.3M£64k8384
Guido RodriguezReal Betis282024£29.8M£31k8384
Marcelo BrozovicAl Nassr302026£25.9M£48k8383
Sergio BusquetsInter Miami342025£10.6M£12k8383
Emre CanBorussia Dortmund292026£26.4M£54k8383
FabinhoAl Ittihad292026£26.4M£50k8383
JorginhoArsenal312024£21.7M£106k8383
Eduardo CamavingaReal Madrid202029£48M£94k8289

Rodri – 89 Overall

It is no surprise to see Rodri at the top of this list. The Spaniard was instrumental in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City winning the treble last season and he is clearly the best in the world in the position. However, he does lack acceleration, sprint speed, and agility, which may put you off signing him in your FC 24 Career Mode, even if he is incredible at tackling, long and short passing, and just being the stereotypical ball-winning midfielder and deep lying playmaker rolled into one!

Joshua Kimmich – 87 Overall

Joshua Kimmich has been a smooth operator for Bayern Munich over many seasons now, whether it is at CDM, CM, or RB. He has exceptional crossing stats, so letting him maraud out wide for your side could result in big chances.

Declan Rice – 86 Overall

Despite being one of the best players for West Ham and England over the last few seasons, many still questioned just how good Declan Rice was. Surely any doubters have now seen the light, with Rice fitting into a top Arsenal side with ease and regularly being their best performer! A solid CDM who gained an upgrade in FC 24, he can shield your backline by winning back possession with ease and has stamina for days.

Aurelien Tchouameni – 84 Overall

Real Madrid, and France for that matter, have an abundance of talented youngsters. Aurelien Tchouameni is just one of them, he is already one of the best in the position and he’s just going to keep getting better. He has decent speed attributes for playing in the middle of the pitch, which gives him an edge over others in the same position.

Eduardo Camavinga – 82 Overall

There are so many top players who occupy Eduardo Camavinga’s positions in the Madrid squad already that it could have been hard for him to get minutes. Luckily, he is a versatile player, often starting at left-back for the side. The future Los Blancos midfield is looking scary, with Camavinga and Tchouameni both having 89 POT, and we know they aren’t the only superstars in the squad!

If you are looking to sign a younger defensive midfielder in Career Mode, take a look at our Best Young CDM and Wonderkid CDM lists to bring in a future superstar.

Looking for the best players in other positions on the field? Check out our lists of all the top-rated players covering every position:

FC 24 Best CDM FAQs

Who is the best CDM in FC 24?

Rodri is the best-rated defensive midfielder in FC 24 with an 89 OVR.

What CDM has the highest potential in FC 24?

Rodri is the defensive midfielder with the highest potential rating in FC 24, with 91 POT.

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EA Sports FC 24

  • Release Date: September 30, 2023
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Sports
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