Real Madrid are aiming to maintain their perfect start to the Champions League campaign as they take on Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
A win against the Ukrainian outfit could guarantee the top spot in Group F for the reigning European champions. However, with a game against FC Barcelona due on Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti is facing a selection dilemma heading into this contest.
Real Madrid have recently announced their squad for the game against Shakhtar Donetsk, with a couple of key players notably missing out due to injuries.
Thibaut Courtois is one of the players omitted from the team that travels to Warsaw, along with Dani Ceballos, who had picked up a hamstring injury prior to the reverse fixture against the same opponent.
On the bright side, Eder Militao has been included in the setup despite his muscle spasm. However, the Brazilian might not be risked ahead of the Barcelona game, as hinted by Ancelotti in a recent presser.
Real Madrid squad vs Shakhtar: Lunin, Lopez, Canizares; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rudiger, Mendy; Kroos, Modric, Camavinga, Valverde, Lucas V, Tchouameni; Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vinicius, Mariano, Rodrygo
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.