Matches in La Liga continue to come hard and fast as Real Madrid get ready for their second away trip in as many weekends. After a comeback win against UD Almeria to open the season, Carlo Ancelotti’s men will lock horns against Celta Vigo.
Ahead of the game, the biggest talking point is the absence of Casemiro, who will be completing his move to Manchester United. Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the same during his pre-game press conference.
Toni Kroos is sick with flu, and will not travel either, alongside Rodrygo, who is suffering from a muscle overload.
Alvaro Odriozola has been dropped from the team, as well, after picking up a muscle discomfort in training, while Daniel Carvajal returns. Lucas Vazquez started over him at right-back and scored the equaliser last weekend.
Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Jr, and of course, Federico Valverde form the attacking core. The Uruguayan could, however, return to his natural central midfield spot in place of Kroos.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.