For years now, Casemiro has been a constant feature in Real Madrid’s starting lineup. Perhaps for the first time since his move to the Bernabeu, the Brazilian faces direct competition for a starting spot this year.
The arrival of Aurelien Tchouameni throws many questions regarding the defensive midfielder’s continuity. This could even open a small window of fragility in his future at the club.
According to reports from The Telegraph, Manchester United are willing to offer €60 million to sign the midfield star. The English administration eye Casemiro as the ideal candidate to reinforce their weak midfield and communicated their interest yesterday.
Despite the arrival of Tchouameni, Ancelotti remains confident that he can utilise both players’ services. The manager even suggested that he could deploy the two players simultaneously.
“Casemiro & Tchouameni can play together as a pair of pivots.”
It would be surprising if the Brazilian maestro left the UEFA Champions League winning side for a team that is lingering at the bottom of the Premier League table. Yet, one remembers the case of Raphael Varane who made the same move just over a year ago.
Ancelotti will continue using Casemiro in upcoming games being quite sure of the veteran’s continuity. Yet, the final stretch of the transfer marker often springs surprises and one must not rule out a sudden turn of the tables.
Last season, Casemiro made 31 league appearances for Real Madrid scoring one goal and providing three assists. Moreover, he averaged close to a whopping 15 defensive actions per game.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.