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Real Madrid board not discussing January signings, deals ‘unlikely to happen’ – report

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Following their defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Monday night, reports emerged that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had requested the club to sign a new striker in the upcoming January transfer window.

The Merengues do not have a viable natural backup option for Karim Benzema in the squad, given that Mariano Diaz is no longer under favour.

Rodrygo Goes has been asked to step in during the Frenchman’s absence and while the youngster has done well, Real would do well by adding a new striker, especially if they wish to defend their La Liga and UEFA Champions League crowns.

However, according to Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), it is very unlikely that any signings will happen in the January window, as the Real Madrid board is not discussing such a possibility at the moment.

Ancelotti, while addressing the media, has always maintained that he is happy with his squad and does not wish to make any changes to it before the end of the season.

However, there have been speculations over the futures of both Eden Hazard and Mariano. And considering that the team has not performed at the optimal level of late and factoring in Benzema’s injury issues, not signing a new striker in January could prove to be an imprudent move.

But, as things stand, there seem to be no discussions within the club about any new additions during the January window.

Recent results have led to Real Madrid falling behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race, with the reigning champions now five points off their eternal rivals, who sit atop the table. A win tonight against Cadiz will reduce the deficit to two.

Irrespective of what happens, not signing a new forward in the winter to cover for Benzema could prove to be detrimental to Real Madrid’s chances of retaining their title.

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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