It’s derby time in Madrid as Real Madrid take on Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez for gameweek eight of La Liga. Madrid have fallen to second place in the league for the first time in months following their draw against Osasuna, and will be looking to regain it, even if temporarily, with a win tomorrow.
The squad list for the fixture has been released, with the biggest takeaway being the absence of Karim Benzema.
Reports had suggested that Carlo Ancelotti was considering resting the player for this game given his recent injury concern, coupled with the bizarrely hectic schedule in October.
The midfield and defence are stacked, though. Lucas Vazquez returns to the team after missing the Osasuna game. Luka Modric missed the last league outing as well, but is in contention to start against Getafe tomorrow.
Thibaut Courtois is another absentee in the squad after picking up an injury in training. The Belgian will likely miss the game against Shakhtar Donetsk as well before making his return against Barcelona next weekend.
Dani Ceballos is also missing from the travelling squad.
Real Madrid considering move for Manchester City superstar as club faces possible sanctions
Premier League has come up with a shocking statement, charging defending champions Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of the financial rule between 2009 to 2018.
The allegations levelled at Man City could lead to a point deduction for the defending champions or perhaps even expulsion. This could prove to be significant for not Premier League but European football in general.
To that end, a new report from Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation. They are aware of the fact that if Man City get sanctioned, it could rule them out of the chase for top target Jude Bellingham.
But more importantly, it may open up the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland in the near future. The Norwegian international was one of Man City’s smartest business move in the summer when they roped in the star striker for a meagre fee.
However, Spanish media believes Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around €200 million. It could be activated in the summer of 2024 and clubs like Real Madrid are said to be interested in activating the clause.
But in light of the recent allegations made against Man City, Real Madrid are anticipating a potential mass exodus, and could make an early move for the forward, especially if the English giants get sanctioned by the Premier League board.
It goes without saying that Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun since joining the Premier League outfit, is someone who demands to play at the highest level of football. It was one of the key reasons he joined Man City – a club that can offer consistency in terms of sporting success.
But a potential sanction for City could change the dynamic, possibly paving the way for a club like Real Madrid to establish themselves as an excellent suitor for Haaland.