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Real Madrid defender’s return has given the dressing room great confidence – report

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David Alaba is one of the few signings of Real Madrid that made the transition to white look ridiculously easy. Upon arriving in the summer of 2021, the centre-back walked into Los Blancos’ starting line-up and led from the front from his first day.

While form has not been a significant concern for the Austrian, fitness struggles have hit him hard this season. He has already missed over 50 days of action for Real Madrid this season through muscular setbacks, the most recent of which saw him ruled out for six games.

It was in the 5-2 win at Anfield that the defender walked off injured, and made his awaited come-back in white last week against Real Valladolid. He even played all 90 minutes against Barcelona in the 4-0 rout earlier this week, providing over 12 defensive actions.

According to reports from journalist Rodra P, Alaba’s return has infused the Real Madrid dressing room with a renewed sense of confidence. He is a key figure in the locker room and for the coaching staff at the club.

Correlation indeed does not mean causation. Yet, one cannot undermine the fact that Real Madrid have scored ten goals and conceded none exactly from the game where Alaba made his return.

The Austrian has made 20 league appearances for the defending champions this season, scoring one goal and providing three assists in the process. He has overseen four clean sheets and averages close to five defensive actions per game.

It will be interesting to see if Ancelotti prefers to deploy the Austrian at left-back in place of the injured Ferland Mendy, or as a central defender for the coming games.

After all, he is the only experienced left-back backup at the manager’s disposal and can relieve Eduardo Camavinga from a foreign position.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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