We are into the peniltumate gameweek of La Liga, where all games will take place at the same time. For Real Madrid, it is a chance to keep their momentum and morale going ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool on 28th May.
They take on Cadiz in this game, and will travel with a squad of 20 players. Thibaut Courtois was unwell during the week and does not make the cut for the game. Consequently, Andriy Lunin is return to the goal after a strong display against Atletico Madrid.
David Alaba is still missing from the defence, and so is Marcelo who will likely leave the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
There are no surprises in midfield. Dani Ceballos returns from his injury while Isco is still missing.
Gareth Bale does not make the squad list, but Eden Hazard has returned from an injury that was expected to keep him out for the season. These could be his last few days in the Real Madris shirt.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.