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Just in: Real Madrid veteran forward will leave for Qatari club Al Gharafa

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In a huge development, Real Madrid veteran striker Joselu will not continue at the club beyond this season and is set to join Al Gharafa in Qatar, reports Fabrizio Romano.

Joselu arrived at Real Madrid last summer, joining on a season-long loan deal from RCD Espanyol. The 34-year-old enjoyed a fine season, scoring 17 goals and playing a key role in the club’s title triumphs.

Joselu’s loan agreement contained a €1.5 million purchase option that Real Madrid intended to trigger. In fact, only a few days ago it was reported that the club had also presented the striker with a new one-year contract.

Furthermore, reports even suggested that Joselu would prioritise continuing at Real Madrid despite the added competition from Kylian Mbappe and Endrick’s arrival.

A sudden U-turn

However, there appears to have been a sudden U-turn as far as Joselu and his continuity at Real Madrid are concerned.

Indeed, as reported by Fabrizio Romano, the Spanish striker is set to begin a new chapter with Qatari club Al Gharafa.

Headed to Qatar. (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

The decision has been made already and the deal is understood to be in the final stages with the completion of formalities not expected to be far away.

Romano’s update adds that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti wanted Joselu to continue but it appears that the striker has decided to embark on a new journey.

The striker becomes the latest veteran to say goodbye after Toni Kroos (retired) and Nacho Fernandez (Al-Qadsiah).

Will Real Madrid miss Joselu?

Even though Joselu was not a regular starter last season, the 34-year-old made valuable contributions regularly whenever he got an opportunity. Furthermore, he provided a different profile to the attacking unit at Real Madrid.

As such, his absence will be felt to an extent but in Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, Real Madrid will have further depth in attack and can easily replace and outscore the number of goals that Joselu had scored last season.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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