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Real Madrid forward not injured, been dealing with knee discomfort – report



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Rodrygo Goes was fabulous in Real Madrid’s 4-2 win over Almeria on Saturday night. In 72 minutes on the field, the Brazilian ace netted one goal and provided one assist in addition to completing three dribbles and one key pass.

However, the alarm bells rang when he was substituted off early for suspected fitness trouble. Later in the game, Rodrygo was seen with an ice-pack around his knee on the sidelines and thus triggering a number of rumours over the seriousness of his injury.

According to reports from AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), however, the protege is not injured. He has been dealing with knee discomfort for a while now since the end of the recent international break. The prognosis around his setback is favourable.

The wave of worry from across the globe concerning Rodrygo’s fitness is understandable, given the important games the Merengues have coming up. In addition to the UEFA Champions League tie against Manchester City later this month, the Galacticos face Osasuna in the final of the Copa del Rey next week.

All three fixtures are must-win games in theory for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Thus, Rodrygo’s involvement on all three nights will be critical.

Despite being just 22 years of age, the Brazilian has had a breakthrough season under Ancelotti this term. In 29 La Liga appearances, he has scored six goals and provided eight assists. Further, he averages 1.4 key passes per game and has created ten big chances.

The Brazilian is astoundingly just two goals away from becoming Real Madrid’s joint fourth top-scorer in UEFA Champions League history. Considering the club’s historic success in the competition, that statistic speaks a lot.

It remains to be seen if Ancelotti decides to rest the youngster against Real Sociedad, considering the lesion he is nursing on his knee. After all, the games that follow will be season-determining.

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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season



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Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.

Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.

According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.

Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.

After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.

Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.

The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.

However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.

Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.

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