Just as it seemed like Antonio Rudiger was close to making a return from his thigh injury against Girona, Real Madrid announced that the German star had suffered a fresh setback in his recovery.
The player is now expected to be out for two weeks at least in what is a big blow to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. In fact, the manager still has no fit centre-backs at his disposal with even Nacho Fernandez not fully confirmed for the next game.
Recently, Rudiger spoke to the media about the team’s upcoming clash against RB Leipzig in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The first leg of the fixture will be played in his home country, Germany, although Rudiger will be unable to participate on the night through his injury.
“We may be favourites against Leipzig, but it will not be easy and we must not underestimate them,” he said, resonating that team’s seriousness and lack of complacency (h/t RM4Arab)
The centre-back also commented on his upcoming venture with the German National Team in the EUROs, which will also be played in Germany. Needless to say, he was quizzed about the elephant in the room, Toni Kroos’ possible return to the international setup.
“The tournament is on our home soil. We want to have the best players there, and at this moment I see Toni as one of the best German players and also one of the best Real Madrid players at the moment,” he said.
Rudiger’s objective now is to return to fitness at the earliest, and a possible target could be the team’s clash against Sevilla towards the end of the month.
Needless to say, he will be available for the return fixture against RB Leipzig should he not suffer any new setbacks.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.