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Real Madrid defender back in training ahead of Real Sociedad clash, five stars absent



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In what could be a major boost, journalist Sergio Santos is reporting that Real Madrid defender David Alaba is back in team training ahead of the La Liga encounter against Real Sociedad.

Alaba has been out injured since the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Chelsea, when he had to be taken off at half-time.

Following that, reports emerged claiming that the Austrian international’s return in time for crucial matches such as the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna and the UCL semi-final versus Manchester City were in doubt.

However, Alaba has been working hard to return to full fitness as he targeted a return in time for the cup final on May 6.

But, it seems like the former Bayern Munich star could already be close to making a return against Sociedad this Tuesday, having now rejoined team training.

However, five Real Madrid stars were missing from training today, which includes the injured duo of Ferland Mendy and Luka Modric, with the latter working hard to make it back for the Copa del Rey final at the weekend.

Apart from them, Vinicius Jr, Eder Militao, and Federico Valverde were also not involved in training as per reports.

Vinicius is certain to miss the match against Real Sociedad due to suspension after receiving his tenth yellow card in La Liga during the weekend encounter against UD Almeria.

As for the absence of Valverde, Santos reports that he has a minor foot issue but his availability for the cup final is not in danger. As for Militao, the Brazilian is said to be dealing with some physical discomfort although his involvement against Sociedad is not entirely ruled out.

But Alaba’s timely return is a boost for Real Madrid ahead of the Copa del Rey final and the Manchester City clash coming up over the next ten days.

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Real Madrid reach agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Bellingham, medical to follow



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In a huge development, David Ornstein of The Athletic is reporting that Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement over the transfer of midfield sensation Jude Bellingham.

The 19-year-old prodigy had become one of Los Blancos’ main priorities for the summer transfer window and the club had been working on a deal for him for months now.

And after seeing off competition from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, the Merengues managed to reach an agreement with Bellingham over personal terms last month.

Talks with Dortmund were put on hold until the Bundesliga season was over, but things have accelerated in recent times. Earlier this week, reports emerged claiming that positive talks had been held between the two clubs.

And now, Real Madrid have reached a total agreement with Dortmund for Bellingham’s signing. As per the report, the transfer fee for the teenage sensation will exceed €100 million, making it one of the most expensive operations in the history of both clubs.

The deal has not been signed yet, but it is considered only a mere formality at this point. Soon, the England international will undergo his medicals in the coming days as well before completing the transfer to Real Madrid.

Bellingham might not be the only Englishman to end up at the Spanish capital this summer as Los Blancos also have their sights set on a move for his national team captain, Harry Kane.

Indeed, the 29-year-old Tottenham Hotspur superstar is a primary target for Real Madrid as a replacement for Karim Benzema, who completed his transfer to Al Ittihad. The Merengues are understood to be preparing an €80 million offer for him, but it could fall short of Spurs’ valuation.

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