Real Madrid academy graduate Sergio Arribas is currently one of the hottest prospects in Spanish football.
An attacking midfielder by trade, the youngster was the top scorer for Real Madrid Castilla last season and has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence over the past couple of seasons.
Arribas’ success in the youth competitions even earned him 14 senior appearances for Real Madrid, in which he has scored one goal.
Everything suggested he was going to play a greater role in the senior team in the upcoming campaign, especially after the departures of Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio.
But that was until Real Madrid roped in Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler in the summer transfer window, while Brahim Diaz also returned from his loan stint at AC Milan.
What Does The Future Hold For Arribas?
Keeping in mind Arribas’ uncertain prospects at the Bernabeu, a host of clubs in Spain and across Europe have shown the desire to sign the youngster ahead of the new season.
According to Mundo Deportivo, one of them are Mallorca. The Spanish outfit are apparently targeting the Real Madrid youth player as a potential replacement for Kang-in Lee, who recently joined PSG.
Apart from Mallorca, Sevilla are also interested in acquiring the services of Arribas this summer and will go after the youngster if they get rid of Oliver Torres in the coming weeks.
Almeria are another Spanish club interested in the Real Madrid starlet, as he looks to take the next step in his career.
Outside of Spain, Bayer Leverkusen have been monitoring the development of the attacking midfielder.
Their head coach Xabi Alonso is a huge fan of the 21-year-old and wants him to move to the Bundesliga this summer.
Real Madrid are demanding a sum of €10 million in exchange for Arribas’ 50% rights and it remains to be seen if Mallorca or any other club are willing to meet that valuation.
Real Madrid defender will be fit to play vs Girona after knock against Las Palmas
Real Madrid were sent in a state of worry last night as their defensive options appeared to have fully diminished.
With Eder Militao already out on the sidelines, Los Blancos lost David Alaba to an injury in the first half of their game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It left Carlo Ancelotti with just two frontline senior centre-backs in Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez.
And by the end of the match, Rudiger was seen limping even though he played the entire 90 minutes.
Rudiger’s knock not serious
The sight of the German being in discomfort raised some concerns. But now, journalist Melchor Ruiz of COPE has provided a positive update on Rudiger’s situation which will come as a relief for Real Madrid fans.
As per the update, Rudiger was put through tests today and the results show that his condition is nothing to be concerned about.
All signs point towards the former Chelsea ace being available to play against La Liga leaders Girona on Saturday away at Montilivi.
This comes as a big relief for Los Blancos who would have been left with Nacho as the last man standing in the centre-back department if Rudiger too was injured.
What did Ancelotti say?
Speaking after the 2-0 win over Las Palmas last night, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had indicated that Rudiger’s injury was not something to worry about, saying:
“Rüdiger is touched, it’s a blow, but we think it’s going to be fine for the next game. The Alaba thing is a problem with the abductor and I don’t think he’ll be there on Saturday.”
And that is how it has panned out with Rudiger’s knock not serious and the German is now expected to be ready for the Girona clash.
As for Alaba, he will undergo MRI scans tomorrow to determine the extent of his injury.