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Real Madrid defender likely to be rested for Mallorca clash after injury scare – report

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Real Madrid got their UEFA Champions League title defence off to a flyer with a 3-0 rout over Celtic midweek. After an ordinary first 45 minutes, Los Blancos focussed all their resources to capitalise in the second half.

Despite taking three points home, all was not well at the end of 90 minutes. Carlo Ancelotti’s side lost two key players to injury during the 90 minutes in Glasgow- Karim Benzema and Eder Militao.

According to reports from Miguel Angel Dias, the Brazilian centre-back underwent an ultrasound scan to gauge the extent of his injury on Wednesday. The diagnostic procedure revealed no damage to the hamstrings of his left leg as initially expected.

Later today, he will undergo an MRI scan to accurately assess the condition of his muscle. As it stands, he is expected to be rested for the weekend’s clash against Mallorca.

In his absence, the manager will count on Antonio Rudiger at centre-back alongside David Alaba. The German international has not seen as many minutes as he would have liked so far this season and will look to capitalise on his chance.

In 45 minutes against Celtic, Militao produced five clearances, one interception and blocked one shot. Needless to say, he was vital in ensuring that the hosts did not get a goal despite putting pressure throughout the first half.

It is expected that the Brazilian will be available for next week’s UEFA Champions League clash against RB Leipzig. Even if he doesn’t make it in time for the game against the Germans, Ancelotti will hope to have him fit for the Madrid derby next weekend.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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