Real Madrid new signing Kepa Arrizabalaga will, in all likelihood, make his debut for the club this week when they face Celta Vigo in La Liga, reports MARCA.
Los Blancos were forced to dive into the market for a new goalkeeper earlier this month after first-choice custodian Thibaut Courtois ruptured his ACL.
Real Madrid scoured the market for options before narrowing in on Kepa as their preferred choice, with the Spanish international arriving on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
Real Madrid ‘delighted’ with Kepa
Having arrived just before the game against UD Almeria, Kepa was deprived of his debut last weekened, with Carlo Ancelotti sticking with Andriy Lunin in goal.
And even though the Ukrainian impressed in the game, all signs point towards Kepa now starting against Celta Vigo on Friday night away at the Balaidos.
The report states that Real Madrid have been delighted with whatever they have seen from the 28-year-old new recruit in training so far.
The coaching staff has been impressed by Kepa’s technical abilities as well as physical attributes during his short time at the club.
And, unless there are no unforeseen turnarounds, the Chelsea loanee is all set to make his debut for Real Madrid against Celta Vigo.
An alternate report from Javi Herraez of SER adds that Kepa will be the Merengues’ first-choice goalkeeper in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League moving forward, with Lunin returning to his role as the backup.
Having come close to signing for Real Madrid back in 2018, Kepa is now all set to realise his dream and make his debut for the Spanish capital club.
Real Madrid midfield prodigy on the verge of signing a contract renewal – Romano
In a big development, Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Real Madrid midfield sensation Eduardo Camavinga is on the verge of signing a new contract with the club.
The French international has been at the club since 2021, when he was signed from Rennes, and has grown into a vital member of Carlo Ancelotti’s setup.
Camavinga’s performances over the past year have been tremendous and the Frenchman is now one of the permanent fixtures in midfield even ahead of veterans like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos this season.
Only final details pending
Camavinga’s contract with Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2027, but the club have been working on offering him a new deal for a while now.
And now, Romano is reporting that the 20-year-old midfield prodigy is on the cusp of penning a renewal, with only the final details of the agreement left to be ironed out.
Camavinga’s new contract is set to come with a wage increase as well as a release clause as Real Madrid wish to ‘protect’ the player and avoid overtures from other clubs.
Key for the present and the future
Romano further outlines that Real Madrid see Camavinga as a key part of the club’s plans for the present and the future.
The 20-year-old midfield sensation loves the Merengues and the club too loves the young talent who has made rapid strides in the time that he has been there.
Some other reports in Spain suggest that Camavinga’s agent is already in the capital city to finalise the renewal agreement.
So, as things stand, Camavinga is set to sign a new contract with Real Madrid with a bigger salary and release clause.
The 20-year-old will form the core of the team for the present and the future along with fellow youngsters like Jude Bellingham, Aurelien Tchouameni, Vinicius Jr., and Rodrygo Goes, among others.