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Real Madrid 21-year-old youngster could start for national team in Euro quarterfinals

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Despite a lacklustre performance, Kylian Mbappe’s France team progressed to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Euro 2024 by defeating Belgium 1-0 last night.

Mbappe, the future of Real Madrid, will go up against one of the greatest ever to have played for the club in Cristiano Ronaldo as France set up a date with Portugal in the last-eight stage.

It came at an expense though as Les Bleus will now have to make do without midfielder Adrien Rabiot, a surprise target for Real Madrid, who is now suspended for the quarterfinals due to an accumulation of cards.

Eduardo Camavinga could get a look in

With Rabiot suspended, it opens up a spot in France’s midfield department for the clash against Portugal.

And, according to MARCA, Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga could be in contention to fill the gap and start in the quarterfinal encounter.

Camavinga to start vs Portugal? (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The 21-year-old is not a regular starter for France under Didier Deschamps and even when he has played, he has been asked to do a job as a makeshift left-back more often than not.

So far at the Euros, Camavinga has played just twice and less than 50 minutes and was on the receiving end of a scolding from the manager after the group game against Poland and there were signs of tension during a subsequent training session.

But the Real Madrid wonderkid could get an opportunity to now make an impression in one of the biggest matches of the competition.

Deschamps does have other options in midfield while he could alternatively opt to go into the game with another forward like Ousmane Dembele and move Antoine Griezmann into a deeper role.

So, at the moment, there is nothing guaranteed, but should Camavinga get an opportunity, he will be eager to make the most of it and help France see off Portugal’s challenge.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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