Real Madrid are going through a difficult period right now, with the club being dealt with a series of fresh injuries.
Among the injured players is Eduardo Camavinga, who picked up a knee injury during a training session with France. He has returned to Madrid for his recovery.
Even Jude Bellingham has been suffering from a knock and was not fully fit heading into the international break.
This has led to pressure within the Real Madrid camp to sign a new player, especially as Aurelien Tchouameni is also out injured.
Damiani asked Ancelotti about signing Khepren Thuram
Amid these speculations, Oscar Damiani, the former Juventus footballer and the ex-agent of Lilian Thuram, has revealed that he has recommended the signing of Khephren Thuram to join Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.
“Khephren Thuram would fit in best at Real Madrid. I’ve already recommended him to Carlo Ancelotti,” Damiani said in an interview with GianlucaDiMarzio.com.
It must be noted that Khephren is the son of legendary former French defender Lilian. He is also the brother of Inter Milan frontman Marcus Thuram.
Khephren has been making a name for himself in midfield ever since his days at Monaco and is now thriving at OGC Nice, whom he joined in 2019.
The 22-year-old has well over 100 appearances in Ligue 1 and has been linked with Real Madrid in the past.
Real Madrid unlikely to sign new player in January
However, as things stand, Real Madrid are unlikely to sign any new players in the upcoming January transfer window.
It is against Florentino Perez’s policy to reinforce the squad in the middle of the season, and there won’t be any signing in January.
Real Madrid’s strategy will be to utilise the new talents coming up from the youth academy, with Nico Paz and Mario Martin likely to be the beneficiaries.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo