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Boost for Real Madrid as key defender spotted in training ahead of RB Leipzig clash

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Real Madrid will lock horns with German outfit RB Leipzig on Wednesday in their second Group F encounter in the UEFA Champions League.

Los Blancos started their European campaign with a 3-0 win over Celtic last week, but that victory came at an expense as both Karim Benzema and Eder Militao picked up injuries in the game.

The duo missed the weekend La Liga encounter against RCD Mallorca and were expected to be unavailable for the clash against Leipzig at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

However, in a boost for Carlo Ancelotti & co., defender Militao has returned to training with the rest of the team a day before the RB Leipzig match.

Indeed, the Brazilian centre-half was spotted being put through his paces with the rest of the team during Tuesday’s training session, as reported by journalist Jorge C Picon.

Along with Militao, fellow defender Alvaro Odriozola, who was also a doubt for the Leipzig clash, was spotted training with the entire squad. However, Benzema and Lucas Vazquez, who picked up a knock against Mallorca over the weekend, were absent as expected.

Also spotted with the group were Real Madrid Castilla players Luis Lopez, Marvel and Carlos Dotor Gonzalez.

Militao’s potential return comes as a major boost for Real Madrid, considering that Antonio Rudiger did not look all too assured in the game against Mallorca.

Having the Brazilian back against a dangerous RB Leipzig attacking unit comprising Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner will come as a major confidence booster for the reigning champions of Europe.

Real Madrid have kept just two clean sheets so far in all competitions (vs Eintracht Frankfurt and Celtic) this season, with manager Ancelotti reportedly unhappy with the lack of solidity at the back.

Leipzig have not been in the best of form at the start of the season and have already changed a manager, replacing Domenico Tedesco with Marco Rose. However, they have an attacking unit that can be deadly if it gets going.

With Militao returning to training, it will be interesting to see if Ancelotti decides to name him in the squad for the clash against Leipzig or holds him back for the derby against Atletico Madrid at the weekend.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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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.

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