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Ancelotti could recover Real Madrid defender for Copa final, Modric still a doubt



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The past two weeks have seen Real Madrid quite simply forfeit the La Liga title race. Los Blancos’ two defeats in their last three games present Barcelona with the chance to wrap up the title in their next fixture.

However, the two weeks that lie ahead could compensate for that in some style. After all, Real Madrid not only play in the UEFA Champions League semifinal but also the final of the Copa del Rey in this period.

A fully fit Real Madrid squad would stand a great chance on both fronts, even against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. However, injuries to Luka Modric and David Alaba mean that the manager could be without some of his key stars for the period to come.

According to reports from MARCA, Alaba has made good progress since his return to group training. He is expected to be available against Manchester City and is not ruled out for the clash against Osasuna.

Modric, meanwhile, is a doubt for the cup final. There is a good chance, however, that he will be available for the first leg against Manchester City.

The recovery of both players has been miraculous, to say the least. Alaba’s hamstring injury was expected to take around three weeks to resolve, making him a doubt for the clash against the Premier League champions.

Clearly, his healing has progressed ahead of schedule as he returned to team training earlier this week.

Modric, on the other hand, stunned even the club administration by taking a trip to a specialist in Belgrade to fast-track his recovery.

The midfielder, who was slated to definitely miss the first leg of the UCL semifinal, participated in part of the group training session yesterday, and could be in line to make a much earlier return than anticipated, although his involvement against Osasuna remains a doubt.

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Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar



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Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.

It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.

During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.

Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker

Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.

In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.

“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri

Calhanoglu claims Kroos is below him and Rodri. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.

Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”

The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.

Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

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