Casemiro’s move to Manchester United isofficial official at this point. Carlo Ancelotti, speaking during his pre-game presser, stated that the Brazilian was looking for a new challenge.
Real Madrid, out of respect, are open to the midfielder leaving, even if that means cutting back their squad. Ancelotti, for one, is happy with the options he has right now.
“Our midfielders now are Modrić, Kroos, Tchouameni, Valverde, Camavinga and Ceballos. 6 midfielders are enough for this season. They’re very very good,” he said.
Despite that, Telegraph claims Real Madrid are considering a move for Tottenham Hotspur midfield ace Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, . Ancelotti is said to be a fan of the player, and tried to recruit him for Everton during his sting at Goodison Park.
The move will not be easy, though. The Danish international signed in 2020 on a five-year deal, and has three seasons left on his contract. He is also a key player for Antonio Conte, and will not allow the departure.
Further, Tottenham, led by Chairperson Daniel Levy, are tough negotiators. They have, in the recent past, sold two superstars to Madrid – Luka Modric and Gareth Bale -, for a combined total of around €140 million.
Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma in the last six months, though, has increased competition for Hojbjerg. Oliver Skipp, too, had a bright start to last season, and is working his way into full fitness.
Even if Tottenham end up accepting an offer for the Danish midfielder, he will have to weigh up whether a move is the best option for him with the World Cup looming large.
It is said that Casemiro definitely considered it to be, especially after he was benched for Tchouameni against UD Almeria last weekend.
Hojbjerg was on target for Tottenham against Chelsea last weekend as the London derby called curtains at 2-2.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo