The first international break of the 2022/23 campaign will soon come to an end and Real Madrid will be hoping that there are no injury casualties in the final round of fixtures that will be played before their stars return to the club.
Los Blancos have been lucky so far in the break as they have had no major injury issues, with Eden Hazard’s knock in Belgium’s game against the Netherlands reported to be nothing serious.
Later today, Brazil take on Tunisia in a friendly encounter in France. As many as three Real Madrid stars – Vinicius Jr, Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes – are part of the Seleçao squad and each of the three players are extremely crucial for Carlo Ancelotti.
So, it will come as good news that Brazil boss Tite plans to rest both Vinicius and Militao for the clash against Tunisia.
Indeed, Mario Cortegana of MARCA is reporting that Tite does not plan to start either Vinicius or Militao against Tunisia.
The duo was part of the starting lineup in the friendly versus Ghana last Friday, with Vinicius partnering Neymar, Richarlison, Raphinha and Lucas Paqueta in a star-studded attack. Militao, meanwhile, had started at right-back.
But the Real Madrid stars will not be involved later tonight, at least from the start, as per the report. It will be interesting to see if Rodrygo makes an appearance or if he, too, is not used by Tite when the Canarinha face off against Tunisia.
Real Madrid will resume their La Liga title defence against Osasuna after the international break and will hope to have a full-strength squad ahead of an important run of fixtures.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.