With Real Madrid set to play their final La Liga game before the World Cup break against Cadiz, on Tuesday, Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for the encounter.
As confirmed by the manager during his presser, Karim Benzema remains unavailable for selection as he continues to struggle with muscle fatigue.
Along with the French superstar, Los Blancos will also be without defender Antonio Rudiger, who is also recovering from an injury.
There is some good news for Real Madrid as Toni Kroos is back available after missing the last game due to suspension and has been included in the squad by Ancelotti.
Apart from that, it is the usual fair as far as the rest of the squad considered, with Ancelotti not calling up youngster Iker Bravo once again even though he is a striker short due to Benzema’s absence.
Having lost their previous game 3-2 against Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid will be gunning to return to winning ways against Cadiz.
The onus will again be upon Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio, who has been in good touch of late, to deliver the goods in the final third. Kroos’ availability should help the team exert a greater influence on the pitch though.
Real Madrid set upper limit for Jude Bellingham’s signing in the summer – report
Real Madrid are hot on the trail of Jude Bellingham over a transfer in the summer of 2023 in the hopes of revamping their midfielder completely.
Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, and Aurelien Tchouameni will already form the heart of their midfield for the next decade or so, and someone like Bellingham can add immeasurable quality and competition to it.
That said, Madrid already know about the competition they will face in pursuit of the Englishman, and have set an upper price limit for his signing, according to a report published by SPORT.
They are not ready to offer anything more than what they paid for Tchouameni in the summer – €80 million + €20 million. That is far from what Borussia Dortmund want for the midfielder, though.
The Yellow and Black have valued the English midfielder around €150 million, nearly double what they received for Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland individually.
Madrid are not along in the race for Bellingham, either. Previous reports have quoted interest from Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool, but it seems unlikely that any of them apart from Chelsea will want to shell out €150 million on one player.
Bellingham has been in incredible form this season, and also has three goals and two assists to his name in the Bundesliga to back his performances up. The 19-year-old has been unplayable in the Champions League, too, with four goals and an assist in five games.
As England geared up to face Iran for the opening matchday of the FIFA World Cup, the Dortmund midfielder opened the scoring for the Three Lions in the 35th minute. If he can maintain his form, it seems unlikely that BVB will budge from their asking price.