Dire situations call for bold decisions. Real Madrid find themselves in a similar situation heading into the coming week of football at the right-back position.
Lucas Vazquez was ruled out through injury after Los Blancos’ game against Valencia in the semifinal of the Supercopa de Espana. Dani Carvajal was expected to cover for the Spaniard’s absence, but that plan suffered a blow when he suffered an injury yesterday.
As they say, one man’s loss is another’s gain. According to reports from Jose Luis Sanchez, Los Blancos are evaluating the possibility of Vinicius Tobias starting as the right-back for the team’s next two games against Villarreal and Athletic Club.
The 18-year-old full-back has been one of Castilla’s better players this season. The Merengues signed him on a loan move from Shakhtar Donetsk last year with an option to make his transfer permanent for a fee.
Tobias has yet to make his first-team debut for Los Blancos, but he has been doing well for Raul Gonzalez’s side, racking up three assists in 18 games in the RFEF Primera Division.
Tobias could now be put to the ultimate test on debut as Real Madrid play Villarreal in La Ceramica in the Copa del Rey. The men in white have not won a game at the stadium for years and even lost to the Yellow Submarines when the two sides met earlier this month.
Carvajal is expected to return for the team’s clash against Real Sociedad at the end of the month, giving the youngster two chances to prove his worth.
The question that remains is, will Carlo Ancelotti trust the Brazilian given the team’s vulnerable position, or opt for the safer option of deploying Nacho at right back.
Real Madrid offer new €4.8 million-a-year deal to forward, player wants €6 million
With several Real Madrid players set to be out of contract in the summer, the club need to start making moves to tie down the stars they intend to keep hold of.
One such player who Real Madrid seem interested in retaining is Marco Asensio.
The 27-year-old looked certain to depart early in the season, but has managed to work his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and proved that he can be of value to the team.
It has led to the club altering their stance on his future, with Los Blancos now ready to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season.
According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have already tabled a four-year contract to Asensio with a salary of €4.8 million per year.
It represents a slight increase in his current wages, which stand at around €4.5 million per season. However, Asensio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is unlikely to accept these terms and is seeking a deal worth €6 million-a-year net.
The Portuguese super-agent will push for at least €5.5 million per season, but Real Madrid are unlikely to exceed the €5 million mark as per the report.
This is because Los Blancos believe that Asensio will never be a guaranteed starter at the club and they do not want to splurge heavily on a squad player.
The winger, for his part, has always maintained that he wants to stay at Real Madrid. But he is also seeking a prominent role and a bigger payday. If that is the case, a move away from the club could be the way forward for the ex-Mallorca star.
PSG were said to have tried signing him in the January window, and would be willing to offer him a €15 million signing bonus in the summer. Clubs from the Premier League and Serie A would also be interested in Asensio’s situation.
So, the ball is in the winger’s court now and it is upto him to decide whether he opts to accept the proposal tabled by Real Madrid or looks for a new challenge away from the Bernabeu.