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Just in: Real Madrid forward set to miss Villarreal clash due to knee discomfort



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As Real Madrid gear up to take on Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday, they have been dealt with a injury setback as forward Rodrygo Goes is set to miss the game due to knee discomfort.

This claim comes from AS, who report that the Brazilian international will be given a break so that he can rest and recover in time for the UEFA Champions League clash against Chelsea next week.

Rodrygo had been in fine form of late. The former Santos wonderkid was sensational in the 6-0 route of Real Valladolid last weekend and had a solid game against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final earlier this week.

So much so that, the Real Madrid coaching staff believe that it is becoming harder and harder for them to leave the 22-year-old out of the starting XI.

The report states that Rodrygo had been feeling discomfort in his right knee since the clash against Real Valladolid. However, he forced himself to play against Barcelona, showing his determination and commitment towards the team.

But, the 22-year-old was spotted training by himself earlier today, with a bandage on his knee. And the club deem that it would be in the best interest of everyone to rest Rodrygo against Villarreal, so that he can be in fine shape for the game against Chelsea.

Rodrygo has scored 11 goals this season in 42 appearances across all competitions. The Brazilian international also has ten assists to his name. The Merengues will hope that the rest over the next few days does the young forward good and allows him to recover fully.

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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season



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Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.

Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.

According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.

Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.

After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.

Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.

The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.

However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.

Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.

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