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Injury update: Real Madrid trio doubtful for Manchester City clash

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Real Madrid are a hair’s breadth away from sealing the La Liga title. If Barcelona slip up, Los Blancos require only one win to be crowned champions.

With the domestic competition sealed, Real Madrid now turn their attention to the UEFA Champions League, where they lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side pulled off sensational comebacks against both PSG and Chelsea to earn a spot in the semifinals of the prestigious competition. However, the road ahead only gets tougher.

Pep Guardiola’s side are the losing finalists of last season and will look to make it all the way this time around. They are touted as the best team in Europe, and will hope to make life hell for the record winners.

All is not well at the Madrid camp with three days to go for the first leg. According to reports from Javier Herraez, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, and Casemiro are all doubts about the game at the Etihad stadium.

Of the three players, Mendy is said to have the highest chance of playing on the night as he feels comparatively better. Yet, the Frenchman’s presence is no guarantee either.

As for Alaba, the Austrian will have an MRI scan tomorrow to decide his availability.

If the three players are deemed unavailable for the clash in England, Carlo Ancelotti will have some big decisions to make.

Alaba has been one of the most vital players for Real Madrid this season and has often single-handedly held the back-line together. Given City’s high and ruthless pressure, he will be sorely missed if not given the green light.

He is likely to be replaced by Nacho Fernandez, while Mendy’s absence would force one of Dani Carvajal or Marcelo to start at left-back. Yet, that is not as worrying as the Spaniard has covered well in his new position in recent games.

Meanwhile, Casemiro is expected to be replaced by one of Eduardo Camavinga or Federico Valverde on the night.

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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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