El Chiringuito has provided a fitness update on three Real Madrid players – Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, and Rodrygo. The trio went off injured in their 0-3 win over RCD Mallorca, and were labelled a doubt for the El Clasico next weekend.
The report states that Mendy has, indeed, been ruled out. He will be unavailable for the next 10-15 days, and could be replaced by either Marcelo or Nacho Fernandez in the starting XI against Barcelona.
Benzema, meanwhile, could still make the cut. Madrid are cautious about his injury and will do their best to get him fit in time for the game. The decision could still go either way, though.
Finally, Rodrygo has been deemed fit for the game, and will accompany the rest of the team for the clash. He could even get the nod to start over Marco Asensio on the right-wing, given his work-rate.
Barcelona’s defence has been picking up form as of late. While they have kept just four clean sheets in the last ten games, each of their opponents has found it difficult to create chances with Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo in fine form.
As such, the presence of Benzema becomes imperative. As the top scorer and assist provider in the league this season, the Frenchman could single-handedly prove to be the difference for Madrid.
If he’s unavailable, though, Carlo Ancelotti could likely rely on the services of one of Gareth Bale, Luke Jovic, or even Marco Asensio as a striker. Eden Hazard will be in the mix as well, but it’s unlikely that he starts uptop.
The coming days will clear up the situation a bit more for the capital outfit, but as it stands, they have been depleted severely.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.