Real Madrid have enjoyed a blistering start to the new season, with four wins on the trot.
Much of the credit should be given to the club’s strong midfield, which has managed to bring in productivity following the departure of Karim Benzema.
In light of the midfield’s success, Real Madrid are prepared to further strengthen their ranks in the middle of the park, sometime in the future.
Real Madrid keep tabs on Bruno Guimaraes
According to Telegraph, Real Madrid are closely monitoring the development of Bruno Guimaraes.
The Newcastle United star has enjoyed immense success at St. James’ Park since joining the club at the start of last year.
The Brazilian has emerged as the engine of the Magpies’ midfield, featuring in 61 competitive matches while racking up 10 goals and six assists.
Real Madrid’s desire to sign Guimaraes is hardly surprising as the club keep an eye on the fact that both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will not be a part of the team for much longer.
Newcastle ready to offer a bumper contract
Newcastle, though, are prepared to fend off the interest from Real Madrid, by making him one of the top earners at St. James’ Park.
Guimaraes’ current contract at St. James’ Park expires in 2026, but backed by a star investor, Newcastle United have access to the funds, as they look to keep hold of the midfielder.
However, the report suggests Guimaraes could be tempted by a move to Spain at some stage, which has put Newcastle in a state of bother.
The Magpies, after all, had always expected that there could come a time when they have to bid farewell to Guimaraes. But the club will ensure that time does not come in the near future.
Injured Real Madrid defender will undergo scans tomorrow – report
Real Madrid have started the 2023/24 campaign on a strong note, winning six in six across all competitions.
What makes the streak even more impressive is that they have had to do so without a number of key players present.
Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Arda Guler and Vinicius Jr are still out on the sidelines while Dani Ceballos and Ferland Mendy have only recently returned from injury.
But, earlier this week, Dani Carvajal became the latest victim of the injury course as he sustained a muscle issue that ruled him out of the match against Union Berlin last night.
Carvajal will undergo MRI tomorrow
Carvajal had been in fine form prior to his injury earlier this week and his absence is certainly a blow.
With a game against Atletico Madrid coming up later this weekend, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic is reporting that the 31-year-old will undergo his MRI scans tomorrow morning.
It should present a clearer picture of the extent of the veteran right-back’s injury following which a potential date for his return could be determined.
Prior to the Union Berlin match, manager Carlo Ancelotti sounded optimistic about Carvajal’s condition, as he said:
“Carvajal has an overload, we prefer not to take any risks. It’s nothing serious, he’ll undergo tests tomorrow and we hope he recovers soon. Carvajal can make it to the derby. The feelings are good.”
But tomorrow’s scans should provide a better picture of how his condition is and when he can make a comeback.
Lucas Vazquez: an able deputy
With Dani Carvajal unavailable, Carlo Ancelotti turned to Lucas Vazquez for the right-back position and the veteran Spaniard did not disappoint last night.
Indeed, the 32-year-old was a regular outlet going forward down the right flank and made six key passes against Union Berlin.
And Ancelotti will count on him again in the derby versus Atleti if Carvajal’s recovery will take longer.