In a few days, Real Madrid will take on La Liga title contenders Girona in a clash that will have huge repercussions on the race for the crown.
Real Madrid spurned an excellent change to stretch their lead at the top of the table when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid last Sunday.
And, they will be eager to avoid another misstep against Girona, who are currently second in La Liga, just two points behind Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
Fitness concerns for Real Madrid
Heading into the contest, though, Real Madrid have some important fitness concerns to deal with, which could affect their chances on Saturday.
As per Mundo Deportivo, two key players, Vinicius Jr. and Nacho Fernandez, did not train with the rest of the squad today and only did some light work inside the gym.
It must be remembered that Vinicius was withdrawn from the starting lineup against Atletico minutes before kickoff due to cervical discomfort. It has since been reported that the issue is more serious than initially anticipated, casting doubts on his involvement against Girona.
Vinicius did not train with the group today and even left the Valdebebas facilities much earlier than the rest of the players, raising further question marks over his fitness.
As for Nacho, the Real Madrid captain was the only fit centre-back at Ancelotti’s disposal this past weekend vs Atletico Madrid.
But he too did indoor work today and missed team training, which adds to the concerns at the Bernabeu.
Antonio Rudiger, who is recovering from an injury, also trained by himself on the grass, but there is optimism about his return vs Girona. As for Nacho and Vinicius, a clearer update should emerge in the coming days.
Brahim Diaz did well in Vinicius’ absence and would again start if the Brazilian is not fit. And if both Nacho and Rudiger are not ready, Ancelotti would be forced to start Dani Carvajal and Aurelien Tchouameni (back from suspension) at centre-back.
Real Madrid target yet to decide on future amid verbal agreement claims – report
Real Madrid are taking significant strides towards their targets for the summer. Kylian Mbappe finally appears close to sealing a move to Spain after years of running a soap opera and reports earlier today indicated a breakthrough towards one of the club’s other targets – Alphonso Davies.
As revealed earlier today, the Merengues have reached a verbal agreement with the Bayern Munich star over a move in the summer.
The player has been stalling talks of a renewal with hopes of a transfer for several months now, and the update earlier today brought the impression that the deal is sealed in stone.
Far from completed
According to a breaking update from Maximilian Koch, however, Davies is yet to take a decision on his future amid the claims of a verbal agreement with Real Madrid.
The fact remains that it no concrete decision or action has been taken yet. He has not yet made a final decision over his future, and a renewal with Bayern Munich cannot be ruled out.
The factor inhibiting Davies from reaching an agreement with the Bavarians, however, is an economic difference between the player’s demands and the club’s offer.
However, it is not clear as to what will transpire if Bayern concede to Davies’ demands.
As it stands, the momentum lies towards a move to Spain. His departure has been a constant topic in the dressing room for a long time now, and it would not come as a surprise if he left regardless.
While Los Blancos are indeed desperate to sign the young and dynamic left-back, they do not wish to ruin relations with Bayern Munich over the transfer. The objective, thus, is to make an attempt at the Germans’ front door and reach a mutual agreement.
Bayern Munich demand €50 million for their star defender, but Los Blancos are willing to offer just €35 million as a starting point. Nevertheless, the difference between the two parties is not glaring and can well be sealed with a few rounds of discussion.
After all, he has just one season left on his deal and is reluctant to renew, at least as it stands.