Following a brilliant 4-0 win against Girona at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid will turn their attention towards the Champions League, where RB Leipzig await them in the Round of 16 of this season’s competition.
The first leg of the tie is set to go ahead on Tuesday at the Red Bull Arena in Germany, with the reverse fixture at the Bernabeu on 6th March.
Carlo Ancelotti is without several of his key players for this game, as revealed by the official squad list, including Jude Bellingham. The Englishman scored two yesternight before being subbed off due to an ankle sprain.
He is expected to miss two-three weeks of football, but should be able to make it back in time for the second leg.
Antonio Rudiger is also still sidelined, and will not travel with the squad. While his injury was initially deemed not as serious, Real Madrid have decided to not call him on to prevent long-term damage.
Nacho is back, though, after missing the game this weekend. Daniel Carvajal and Aurelien Tchouameni partnered in central defence without the Spaniard, but the former should be able to return to right-back for the Leipzig game.
Ancelotti has called on Jacobo Ramon and Alvaro Carrillo to cover in defence, while Mario Martin and Nico Paz get the call up in midfield.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.