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Injury update: Real Madrid could be without key midfielder for Manchester City clash

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The world has patiently waited two long weeks for the clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City. Now, less than 12 hours remain for the big game.

As the Etihad gears up to host Carlo Ancelotti’s side, the manager has had to deal with his own set of problems. Injuries have plagued Los Blancos‘ camp, and it is still not clear as to who will be available on the night.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, there is pessimism around the participation of Casemiro against Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Brazilian has been an indispensable part of Real Madrid over the years, and this season is no different. Casemiro has executed his role as a pivot superbly, averaging three tackles and two interceptions in every game.

The 30-year-old’s absence for the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League is a big blow for Ancelotti. It will need a special performance from his replacement to cover up for the void on the night.

The manager could start Eduardo Camavinga as the defensive midfielder against Manchester City. The other alternative would be to play Federico Valverde alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Of the two options, the former seems to be the more likely choice.

Ancelotti could be without the services of David Alaba, too, on the night after the Austrian injured his hamstring in Real Madrid’s last league game. Needless to say, he will hope that the duo is fit in time for the second leg next week at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”

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Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.

Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.

Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.

On finances and Mbappe

He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”

“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.

Mbappe will soon be a Real Madrid player. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,

“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.

“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”

Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.

“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”

Praise for Bellingham

Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.

“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”

“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.

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