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31-year-old Real Madrid veteran untouchable for club and country – report



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It is no secret that a certain Jude Bellingham has been the centre of attention at Real Madrid this season. In all honesty, why would he not be? After all, he is currently the top scorer in La Liga and and has taken his form to the international stages as well.

Away beyond all the limelights though, club veteran Dani Carvajal continues to work in silence. After struggling with injuries in the recent past, the Spaniard is slowly getting back to his best and becoming an untouchable for club and country, reports MARCA.

“I believe that everything is body and mind, they do not occur for a single reason,” he said when asked about past injuries as quoted by MARCA. 

“In 2021, I barely played 12 games, relapse after relapse… a tunnel from which I could not see a way out,” he added.

Caravajal is back and at his best

After a string of injuries in the past, Carvajal has once again established himself as an undisputed starter not just for Real Madrid but also for the Spanish national team.

The defender’s ability to blend both physical prowess and mental acumen has resulted in a renaissance of sorts. His stellar performances now illuminate both ends of the pitch. 

At Madrid, he is shining with Federico Valverde and Rodrygo, and on the international stage, he recently provided two exquisite assists against Cyprus, setting up Ferran Torres and Joselu.

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Getting back to his best. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Carvajal recently completed two full games with Spain and these 180 minutes came after he had virtually participated in every league match except for a mere 14 minutes against Getafe.

At the age of 31, boasting a contract that stretches until 2025, the right-back position at Madrid seems his, provided that the spectres of his past do not resurface. 

Moreover, in the current season, it has become a familiar sight to witness him donning the captain’s armband. This captaincy role has become his default, primarily due to Nacho’s current inability to secure a starting spot in the lineup.

“I have many years of contract and I hope I can retire here. Being in Madrid is the greatest thing for a footballer, and I think that the moment of leaving the club must be one of the most difficult,” confessed the defender in an interview.

For now, all Real Madrid can do is hope that he is not haunted by the ghosts of the past because the team is already missing a few first-team members due to injuries. 

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Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas



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There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.

Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.

Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.

And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.

Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.

Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.

Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.

Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.

The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.

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