During an interview, journalist Arancha Rodriguez has claimed that Real Madrid are keen on improving their options at both right-back and left-back in the upcoming transfer windows.
As things stand, Los Blancos have Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as their choices at right-back, with Alvaro Odriozola also available at manager Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal.
On the opposite side, the Italian tactician can call upon Ferland Mendy and David Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez available as a fallback option.
However, Real Madrid are keen on reinforcing both positions due to the fact that there have been injury issues with the full-backs, while they also desire to have a top-class footballer in each slot across the pitch.
Carvajal had endured injury problems in the recent past and is in his thirties. Vazquez too is on the wrong side of thirty and his contract expires in 2024. Meanwhile, Odriozola is out of favour and is likely to be shipped off from the club at the earliest possible opportunity.
Hence, bringing in a gifted young right-back to take over for the future makes sense for Los Blancos. There have been links to several right-backs like Joao Cancelo, Pedro Porro and Malo Gusto, while Castilla loanee Vinicius Tobias is also an option for the future.
As for the left-back slot, there are questions over Mendy’s attacking qualities while contract negotiations with the Frenchman have also stalled due to his wage demands.
Alaba is a proven performer but both the player and the manager prefer him lining up as a centre-back. So, there is room for a new left-sided full-back to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Links to former academy prospects Fran Garcia and Miguel Gutierrez continue to persist and there is a good chance that one of the two might end up returning to the club next summer.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.