Real Madrid have stepped up their chase for midfield reinforcements in recent years as the club slowly look to move on from ageing stars such as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
The reigning European giants roped in Aurelien Tchouameni this past summer to strengthen their ranks in the middle of the park. And it appears coach Carlo Ancelotti is keen on signing more players that can add further depth to the second line of press.
One of the players targeted by Los Blancos is Jude Bellingham. The Borussia Dortmund starlet has been identified as the ideal option for Real Madrid due to his leadership qualities and aggression that is well beyond his years.
At just 19, Bellingham has established himself as one of the most talented young players on the planet, while becoming a regular part of the English national team. With that, he has also become one of the most sought-after players in the market, with Real Madrid among the clubs interested in his services.
However, according to a fresh report from The Telegraph, Real Madrid are set to face a fierce battle in the race to sign Bellingham, as Liverpool are currently leading the chase to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet.
The report adds that Liverpool are determined to sign a top-quality midfielder next summer, as Jurgen Klopp looks to move on from his own ageing set of stars including Jordan Henderson, James Milner and even Thiago Alcantara.
Bellingham has been identified as the desired option for Liverpool, who have been tracking the youngster’s progress for quite some time now.
Bellingham himself idolises former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard and may fancy a move to Anfield next summer, in his bid to fill in the shoes of England great.
Real Madrid, though, are not expected to give up the pursuit of Bellingham easily, knowing the Englishman is a generational talent who is more than capable of becoming the next big thing in football. But whether or not they can pip Liverpool in the chase remains to be seen.
Real Madrid superstar’s injury does not seem serious, will undergo tests today – report
Real Madrid’s injury woes were compounded on Thursday night when the reigning Spanish champions locked horns with Valencia.
Although the club were able to come away with a 2-0 victory, they had to cope with the injury to Karim Benzema as well as Eder Militao. The star striker was enjoying an excellent game, notably registering two assists and five key passes, before being subbed off around the mark.
The forward appeared to have a groin problem and demanded his substitution in the 60th minute when he was replaced by Rodrygo.
However, according to Arancha Rodriguez via RM4Arab, Benzema’s injury is not thought to be serious. He is expected to undergo tests today, which will ascertain the extent of his knock.
Real Madrid will be hoping that the Frenchman’s knock is not too serious as the player has already struggled with injuries during the earlier stages of the campaign. He has indeed missed seven league matches due to injury-related issues.
Benzema’s absence in such matches has had a direct impact on Real Madrid’s performances in the league this term. The Merengues, after all, all trailing league leaders Barcelona by a whopping five-point margin.
With the club bracing themselves for a tough February schedule, the availability of their star players such as Benzema could be integral, as Los Blancos look to perform well not only in the league but also in Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.
In the meantime, Real Madrid are preparing ahead for the Sunday encounter against Mallorca in the league. Whether or not Benzema, who has scored nine goals in 12 league matches this term, returns to full fitness before this tie remains to be seen.