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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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La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”

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Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.

Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.

Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.

On finances and Mbappe

He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”

“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.

Mbappe will soon be a Real Madrid player. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,

“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.

“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”

Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.

“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”

Praise for Bellingham

Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.

“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”

“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.

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