Two players stood out in the final third for Real Madrid in the team’s 4-0 demolition of Girona last night – Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham.
The former racked up a goal and two assists on the night, making the flank his own and menacing the opposition defence with his trickery whenever on the ball. Bellingham, as he has done innumerable times before, showed his knack for getting into the right spaces and found the back of the net twice for Los Blancos.
The one pit
Last night’s performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men was one of no wrongs. The team in white thoroughly deserved the three points and did not take a wrong step on their cruise to the win.
The one step back, however, was Jude Bellingham’s ankle injury that forced him off the field after he scored his second goal. He was in visible pain and could not continue, immediately drawing concerns over the duration of his recovery.
According to reports from Jose Felix Diaz, Bellingham’s injury is not worrying. The youngster should be fit to play against RB Leipzig on Tuesday night and is not ruled out for the UCL clash. Needless to say, this comes as a big boost to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
The big doubt
Riding on a high, the Galacticos will hope to deliver a strong blow to their German opposition on Tuesday night when they take to the field in the UCL. Bellingham may be fit to return, but there is another player who is facing a race against the clock to return to action – Nacho Fernandez.
The Spanish defender is expected to make it back in time to take over leadership at centre-back. However, one cannot comment on anything with certainty, especially after Antonio Rudiger suffered a late setback after appearing at the doorstep of recovery.
Nacho’s return would come as a big relief for the manager. Yet, if last night’s result is anything to go by, Real Madrid do not require centre-backs to deliver a masterclass.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.