Real Madrid are on an impressive run of form, sitting top of La Liga, 15 points clear of any competition. They could, realistically, seal the title against Atletico Madrid as early as 9th may, but have other important business to take care of before that.
Carlo Ancelotti has to look forward to the Osasuna clash tomorrow, where they have the chance to extend their lead on top to 18 points – even if it is temporarily.
The Italian manager addressed the media ahead of the important game; all quotes in this thread presented by Madrid Universal.
On the Osasuna clash: “It’s true we are close to winning the league, but we still have to play some games. We play in a tough stadium tomorrow against Osasuna.”
On La Liga: “La Liga is not over. We have a huge opportunity to get closer to our goal tomorrow.”
On Karim Benzema: “When a player feels fine, he has to play. Karim will play tomorrow.”
On Rodrygo vs Asensio: “Rodrygo is having a good season, he has helped a lot against PSG, Sevilla. Asensio is also having a good season. We can enjoy both.”
On Luka Modric: “Luka Modric will not play tomorrow. He’s tired.”
On injuries: “Casemiro, Mariano, and Jovic suffered physical problems yesterday, and will not play tomorrow. They will be back for the Manchester City game.”
“Casemiro has a week to recover. He will be back in time to face City.”
On choosing between La Liga or Champions League: “Both of them.”
On Vinicius Jr: “He is calm, he’s not obsessed with scoring goals. Scoring or not is not the most important part of his game.”
On his ‘luck’: “I’m a manager with luck? Having luck is a quality.”
Source: Real Madrid Twitter
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.