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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 intensify negotiations for Ligue 1 defender with Nacho on his way out

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Now that Nacho is ready to join Al Qadsiah, Real Madrid have decided to ramp up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro, reports Jose Felix Diaz via MARCA.

As reported before, Nacho has decided to end his career with the Spanish club as he has agreed to a two-year contract with Al Qadsiah in the Saudi Pro League. With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now have a spot open in their defence and are eager to fill it with Yoro.

It is important to note that Yoro has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Paris Saint-Germain have been particularly active in trying to sign him, offering €60 million for the player. 

Although this offer is close to what Lille wants, Yoro isn’t interested in moving to PSG.

What Yoro is looking forward to is joining Real Madrid. While the player and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement, the deal with Lille still needs to be finalised soon.

What about the transfer fee?

Regarding the transfer fee, Real Madrid are hesitant to match PSG’s €60 million offer because Yoro has only one year left on his contract. 

Real Madrid want to close the signing of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

Initially, the club planned to wait until June 30 to begin serious negotiations. However, due to the increasing interest from clubs like PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool, they might need to speed up the process.

With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now has the necessary room to strengthen their defence and Yoro fits the bill. 

Madrid already have Yoro in plans

It must be noted that the club’s management, in accordance with Carlo Ancelotti, is already planning next season’s lineup of centre-backs. 

They expect Rafa Marin to leave, so the defensive lineup for coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to include Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and possibly Yoro if they can complete the negotiations successfully.

Real Madrid are focusing on building a strong defence for the upcoming season. They see Yoro as a valuable addition and are working hard to secure his transfer. 

The next steps involve reaching an agreement with Lille and finalizing the transfer details as soon as possible.

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