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Real Madrid interested in breakthrough Man United winger, club wants to renew him
Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Old Trafford and has become a regular part of Erik Ten Hag’s plans. The manager’s preference for the youngster over team veterans is understandable, especially when one conducts the key goals he scored against Real Sociedad and Fulham.
His strong displays almost earned him a spot in Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad for the World Cup. However, Rodra reports that there is something more valuable than the youngster has earned with his consistent performances.
According to the Spanish journalist, Real Madrid are now keeping an eye on Garnacho’s situation and availability. The player is attracted to the prospect of donning the white colours, but the case is not so straightforward.
Manchester United wish to extend the Argentine’s contract until 2027, a two-season extension over the existing contract until 2025. Real Madrid may offer a bigger stage but cannot assure the same number of minutes as the Red Devils, and the player will have to decide which one he values more.
In five games for Ten Hag’s side so far this season, the youngster has scored twice. This statistic becomes more relevant when one considers that he has only played 162 minutes.
The forward is no stranger to La Liga, having done his initial years of training in Getafe. He then moved to Atletico Madrid’s youth setup for five years before making the big move to England.
If Garnacho ends up joining the Spanish capital, Real Madrid would boast of an unstoppable forward line. Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes are already world-class young talents while Endrick seems set to join when he turns 18. Clearly, the up-and-coming generation at the Bernabeu could not be more frightening.
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Kovacic speaks ahead of Real Madrid vs Chelsea: “Strange to have Modric as a rival”
In less than two weeks, Real Madrid will play hosts to Premier League giants Chelsea in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It is a repeat of last season’s Champions League quarter-final, with the change being that the first leg was played at Stamford Bridge back then, which Real Madrid won triumphantly.
So, even though they lost the second leg 3-2, Los Merengues progressed on aggregate. At one point in the second leg, Real Madrid were 3-0 down and looked to be crashing out of the tournament.
But, that is not how the match played out as Luka Modric produced a moment of magic, sending in a stunning outside-of-the-boot pass for Rodrygo to guide home. That forced the match into extra time and Karim Benzema then scored to seal an aggregate win for his team.
Mateo Kovacic, a former Real Madrid midfielder, was on the losing side with Chelsea on that fateful night. And the Croatian has now spoken to Sportske Novosti, about that moment of magic from Modric last year as well as the prospect of facing Real Madrid again.
“We were good against Real Madrid last year, especially in Madrid. Then Modrić invented that trivela assist for Rodrygo… We have to be at 120% against them. They immediately punish every minor mistake. Although I repeat, we are also a difficult opponent for them, we showed it,“ Kovacic said.
On the prospect of facing his close friend and national teammate Modric, Kovacic added: “[laughs] how the draw arranges it… It won’t be easy for us because Real Madrid is always the most dangerous team in the Champions League.”
“It’s a strange feeling to have Modric as a rival. There were hard fouls last year because neither he nor I pull back. We will fight for sure. I play on the left, he’s on the right, we will see who wants what. But I wouldn’t like to hurt him,” he added.
Chelsea had met Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League during the 2020/21 campaign as well and had managed to eliminate them at the semi-final stages on their way to winning the title.
While the Blues have not been in the best of form this season, they have the star power and quality in their ranks to hurt Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti’s men must be at their best to get through to the next round.