?Real Madrid have reached an agreement with
?Real Madrid have reached an agreement with
?European giants Real Madrid will look to capitalise on Tottenham’s financial struggles this summer by luring midfielder Christian Eriksen to the
When Spanish tv asked Christian Eriksen about possible Real Madrid interest, he laughed and just walked off.
Mauricio Pochettino avoided the question too. #thfc #coys pic.twitter.com/3wyJgcrYTW
— Kristof Terreur ?? (@HLNinEngeland) April 18, 2019
Real Madrid host Athletic Club on Sunday as they look to end a turbulent season on a high.
The club have had three managers this season and were knocked out of the Champions League, a competition they had won three times in a row, by Ajax in the quarter final.
Madrid are 13 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona and will end the season without a major trophy for the first time in a decade.
Since returning to the club after replacing Santiago Solari five weeks ago, Zinedine Zidane has steadied the ship – winning three out of five games.
Here’s Real Madrid’s potential starting XI for the game against Los Leones.
Keylor Navas (GK) – Zidane has made it clear who his number one goalkeeper is, Navas starting all but one game since the Frenchman returned to the Spanish capital. The game he missed, Zidane’s son Luca played, so who knows what the future has in store for Thibaut Courtois.
Daniel Carvajal (RB) – After missing five games with a torn muscle bundle, Carvajal returned to action in the last game against Leganes and should retain his place.
Raphael Varane (CB) – A mainstay of the Madrid defence, Varane has only missed five games this season. The World Cup winner has been linked with a move away from the club but Madrid would be silly to let the 25-year-old leave.
Nacho (CB) – With Sergio Ramos still injured, 29-year-old Nacho should start alongside Varane.
Marcelo (LB) – In his 13th year at Madrid, Marcelo has been linked with a move away to Juventus – to link-up with his close friend Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite question marks about his future, he is still the best left back at the club.
Casemiro (CM) – The Brazilian has started 23 of 33 league games this season and with Toni Kroos ill, he should play on Sunday.
Luka Modric (CM) – Three goals and five assists in the league underline how important the 33-year-old is to Madrid. He is constantly scheming in the middle of the park and shows his class every time he steps onto the pitch.
Dani Ceballos (CM) – A £15m signing from Real Betis two seasons ago, Ceballos has enjoyed more game time this season than last as he grows into the role of a Madrid player.
Isco (RW) – The playmaker has had a mixed season, with a combination of injuries and being out of favour under Solari limiting him to just nine starts in the league. With Zidane back at the helm, Isco will hope to have a long run in the team.
Karim Benzema (ST) – With 18 goals, Benzema is by far Madrid’s top scorer in 2018/19. He has shouldered the burden left by Ronaldo and doesn’t deserve the criticism he receives from some Madridistas.
Marco Asensio (LW) – The 23-year-old has contributed to six goals this season and his influence on the team is growing every game.
?Real Madrid have confirmed that full-back Alvaro Odriozola has been diagnosed with a fracture of the left clavicle, amid concerns that the injury will rule him out for the rest of the season.
The 23-year-old has featured heavily in his first full season with Los Blancos, making 14 appearances in La Liga since arriving from fellow Spanish side Real Sociedad last summer.
However, Real have now revealed via their ?official club website, that ‘following tests carried out today on Alvaro Odriozola by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he’s been diagnosed with a fracture of his left clavicle. His recovery will be monitored.’
According to Spanish publication ?AS, Odriozola is expected to be out for the remainder of the season, after breaking his collarbone in a training ground accident involving teammate Vinicius Junior.
The 23-year-old was said to have fell awkwardly after a challenge with the Brazilian winger, and tests have now revealed the full extent of the damage suffered.
Odriozola has been a regular starter under newly reappointed Zinedine Zidane, playing the full 90 minutes on four occasions for the Frenchman.
However, Dani Carvajal’s own return from injury meant that Odriozola started the previous game against Leganes on the bench, with the expectation that the former will now reclaim his place in the first-team.
Having joined Sociedad’s youth set-up as a ten-year-old, Odriozola made his first-team debut for the club in a 2-0 win away at Malaga in ?La Liga.
After two seasons with the side, ?Madrid signed the full-back for a fee in the region of €30m last summer, and had enjoyed a fine debut campaign.
?Former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello has given weight to the speculation surrounding the club’s ridiculous transfer budget for next season, claiming they have set aside an incredible
“I was in Barcelona and I was told that this year ?Real Madrid have €500m to spend,” the former England boss said. “I asked, ‘Are you sure?’ The answer was yes and that came from someone who knows a lot about Real Madrid.”
Capello’s word likely carries a lot of weight at Real. While not quite a legendary figure, he had two brief spells with the club in 1996-97 and 2006-07, winning ?La Liga on both occasions.
If his word is to be believed, then, the pressing question is which players the budget will be spent on. The club have been linked with moves for Eden Hazard, Sadio Mane, Paul Pogba and a ?host of other players to the point that it is almost beyond parody.
It’s also expected that their budget will be supplemented with the fees raised for outgoing players. ?Gareth Bale is widely expected to leave, while Toni Kroos and Raphael Varane are among a number of current first team stars who have been linked with moves away.