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Real Madrid defender out for two weeks, plan is to return for Copa del Rey final
In a fresh development, Jose Luis Sanchez of El Chiringuito TV has claimed that Real Madrid defender David Alaba is set to be sidelined for two weeks after the injury he sustained during the game against Chelsea.
The Austrian centre-back has endured an injury-riddled campaign thus far, having had several spells out on the sidelines already.
Alaba had only recently returned from an injury, which he had suffered in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 against Liverpool.
However, he picked up a fresh problem during the second leg of the UCL quarter-final tie between Real Madrid and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this week.
The former Bayern Munich’s injury was said to have caused a lot of concern at Real Madrid and it has now emerged that the defender could be out for as long as two weeks.
The objective for Alaba is now to make himself available for Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey final against CA Osasuna on May 6.
The update from Jose Luis Sanchez further adds that the Austrian international will certainly be ready in time for the UCL semi-final first leg against Manchester City, which will be played three days after the cup final.
Since Alaba’s return from injury, Real Madrid’s defensive performances had improved considerably. It was claimed that his return had given the team great confidence.
Now, that he is out for two weeks, Alaba is set to miss La Liga matches against Celta Vigo, Girona, Almeria and Real Sociedad.
Carlo Ancelotti & co. will hope to have him back in time for the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna. If not then, they will be keen for Alaba to be available for the UCL clash against Manchester City as Eder Militao will be missing that game due to suspension.
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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season
Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.
Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.
According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.
Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.
After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.
Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.
The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.
However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.
Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.