With Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich closely monitoring his situation last March for the summer transfer window, Florian Wirtz suffered the worst injury a footballer can see.
Having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, the youngster faced 265 days on the sidelines, missing close to 32 games for Bayer Leverkusen.
His serious injury made the European three question his ability to come back strong, for it is not uncommon that an ACL tear destroys a player’s career. Yet, the player is now back stronger than ever and is garnering attention again.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are amongst the several clubs still keeping tabs on the young attacking midfielder. Barcelona are also following the player.
While Jude Bellingham is their primary target in the position, the German is seen as a good backup in case the Borrusia Dortmund player’s transfer does not go through.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich are closely monitoring the German’s situation too. The Bavarians already have a protege in the same position in Jamal Musiala, while the Blaugrana’s economic situation does not give them enough room to pull off the deal.
The 19-year-old has a contract running until 2027 with the Bundesliga side, thus placing a possible transfer at the more expensive end of the spectrum.
In just eight games since his return from injury, the teenager has scored two goals and provided four assists. He has given the hope that he will return to his imperial best soon, pushing interested parties, including Los Blancos towards faster negotiations.
The youngster revealed in 2021 that his dream was to play at Barcelona at some stage in his career. It remains to be seen if his Catalan orientation has any role to play in his response to Real Madrid’s approach.
“I always want to be the best. As a kid, I dreamt of playing for Barcelona. That has not changed, but it can wait.”
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.