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Real Madrid defender suffers back injury on international duty

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David Alaba has been one of Real Madrid’s best signings in recent years. From the day he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu, he has taken charge of the team’s defensive line and led from the front.

In just over a year, he has become an irreplaceable part of the manager’s plans and offers great versatility with the ability to play both as a left-back and centre-back.

The defender is currently on international duty with his national team and is said to have suffered a setback during his camp.

According to reports from Sky Sports Austria, the manager of the Austrian team, Ralf Rangnick, has confirmed that Alaba is suffering from a back problem. He will not be a part of his country’s game against Croatia on Sunday owing to the same.

However, his injury is not serious, reports MARCA, which could mean that the versatile defender could be available for Real Madrid’s next game after the international break.

This term, Alaba has started seven of the team’s eight games in defence. During that period he has already scored one goal and provided two assists.

His only goal of the season in La Liga was a sensational free-kick from distance that secured all three points for his team against Almeria.

Needless to say, he will be a key element in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup going ahead in the season and the manager will look to have him back fit when club football restarts. If fully fit, he will be expected to start when Real Madrid take on Osasuna in ten days.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona interested in €30 million-rated Serie A midfielder – report

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Replacing Luka Modric is a task Real Madrid’s administration better not attempt. After all, finding a like-for-like replacement for a world-class player who defined an era is close to impossible.

The Croat himself, however, has always held high regard for his compatriot Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter Milan player possesses a profile that highly interests Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti.

Brozovic has been on the transfer lists of several European clubs in the current transfer window. Of them, Barcelona have been mentioned as a strong candidate.

Though Nerazzurri were initially reluctant to let the midfielder go, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter Milan are now prepared to take that step at the end of the season.

The Italian management understands that the manager has modes to cope without Brozovic and that the time is right to move on with economic compensation.

One of the biggest names in the race to sign him, according to the source, is Real Madrid. Given that he has a contract until 2026 in Italy, the European Champions will have to shell out at least €30 million for his services, a figure that Inter feel he should be valued at.

The Merengues are not alone in the race for Brozovic. Barcelona are back in the equation as they see him as an ideal replacement for their captain Sergio Busquets.

The third European giants interested in the 30-year-old Croatian international are Chelsea. Juventus also wanted to try their luck too but were forced to back out after their recent sanctions.

It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can afford the €30 million tag in the summer given their interest in Jude Bellingham. Close to €150 million of their budget will be frozen on the Englishman, and spending more on another midfielder may not be warranted.

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