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Real Madrid defender has a thigh injury, but not ruled out of Atletico Madrid clash

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Real Madrid climbed to the top of the La Liga table after they secured a 2-0 win over Getafe away at Coliseum Alfonso Perez last night.

However, the victory came at some cost as Los Blancos lost Antonio Rudiger to an injury at half-time.

The German international was seen limping off the pitch at half-time and was replaced by Eduardo Camavinga by manager Carlo Ancelotti. The Frenchman slotted in as the No. 6 while his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni moved to the centre-back spot to replace Rudiger.

It sent alarm bells ringing in the Los Blancos camp as Rudiger’s injury meant he became a doubt for Sunday’s clash against Atletico Madrid.

Rudiger has a thigh injury

After the game, manager Ancelotti provided an update on Rudiger’s condition, stating that he had sustained a knock and could still play in the derby against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Now, The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai has come forward with a fresh update on the situation of the German centre-half.

As per the report, Rudiger has already undergone tests to assess the severity of his injury and it is claimed that he has injured his thigh.

Indeed, the Real Madrid defensive mainstay is said to have a strong contusion and a hematoma on his left thigh.

As such, he is a reasonable doubt for Sunday’s derby against Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, the positive news is that he is still not completely ruled out of the game and could still make it back in time.

The defender did some recovery exercises on the pitch and worked in the gym during today’s training sessions. Given his commitment and determination, one would not put it past him to return for the derby.

Real Madrid’s options if Rudiger is not ready

If Rudiger is not ready in time, Real Madrid will be in a precarious position as the only other fit senior centre-back in the squad is Nacho Fernandez.

Tchouameni would have been an option to partner the Real Madrid captain, but he is suspended after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season last night. Los Blancos, though, are working to appeal against the suspension.

However, if that fails, Ancelotti would be forced to start one of Ferland Mendy or Dani Carvajal as a makeshift centre-back or call a player up from the Castilla squad for the derby.

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Real Madrid send ultimatum offer for Alphonso Davies, comfortable with three existing players

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A recent report from Defensa Central has revealed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich, hoping to secure the deal for a fee between €30 million and €35 million.

Currently, Real Madrid’s main focus is on their upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

As a result, they have not been concentrating much on their summer transfer plans. However, despite this distraction, their interest in Davies has been reignited, marking another step towards bringing him to Madrid.

It is said that Davies remains a key target for Real Madrid and the club is strategising to make a move for him, believing that the time and situation are on their side. 

It is to be noted that Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich ends in 2025, and there are no indications that he plans to renew it. Real Madrid are banking on this uncertainty to pressure Bayern into selling him.

Bayern ready to part ways with Davies

It is said that Bayern have made their stance clear regarding Davies: he must either extend his contract or be sold this summer. 

Davies has not yet made his decision known, although Bayern suspect he is leaning towards leaving. He hasn’t responded to their offer of a salary increase, which would pay him around €13 million gross per year. 

Real Madrid are still interested in signing Alphonso Davies (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Bayern are unwilling to raise their offer and are keen to resolve this situation quickly to plan for the next season.

Real Madrid are loving this drama

As days pass, Davies’ market value decreases slightly due to his inconsistent season, marked by injuries and patches of poor performance. 

Bayern are under pressure to sell him to avoid losing him for free later, which has led to a reduced asking price. 

Real Madrid are aware of this situation and remember Davies’ impressive performance in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at Santiago Bernabeu, where he scored a spectacular goal.

Real Madrid are in no rush

For now, Real Madrid are aiming to sign Davies for as little as possible within the €30 million to €35 million range. 

They are in no rush since they already have two capable left-backs in their squad—Ferland Mendy and Fran García—and are considering buying back Miguel Gutierrez. Thus, securing a new left-back isn’t an urgent need for them.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid are committed to acquiring the Canadian star. Their scouting team has long recommended him, and negotiations have been ongoing since last summer. 

There is already a verbal agreement between Davies and Real Madrid, indicating that the club’s interest is serious and well-planned.

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