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Real Madrid midfielder expected to miss Mallorca encounter – report

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The Christmas break has given Real Madrid fans their fair share of festive surprises.

In addition to Real Madrid officially announcing the contract extension of coach Carlo Ancelotti until 2026, some injured stars are also entering the final stages of their recovery.

Vinicius Jr. and Dani Carvajal are all expected to play against Mallorca, while Arda Guler’s return edges nearer.

Eduardo Camavinga has also worked extremely hard to hasten his recovery period and trained with the group, but despite earlier reports claiming he would participate against Mallorca, his involvement in the clash is beginning to look unlikely.

Camavinga set to miss out

Indeed, as per Alberto Pereiro (h/t Madrid Xtra) Eduardo Camavinga will not play vs Mallorca.

The Merengues lock horns against Mallorca next week on the third of January. While Camavinga’s fitness level has improved drastically, the club does not wish to rock the boat and are playing it safe with the Frenchman.

After all, the important objective is to retain him at full fitness by the time the Spanish Super Cup commences in Riyadh.

Camavinga suffered a knee ligament injury with France in the previous international break, which initially was anticipated to rule him out for much longer.

But working vigorously alongside Vinicius, as the duo lived the process together in Madrid, Dubai, and finally, in the US, the midfielder has made an exceptionally quick recovery and the club wants to be cautious with him now.

The season is long and needlessly imperiling his involvement down the line is seen as a risk not worth taking, especially with important matches in the Copa del Rey, the Super Cup and the Champions League all remaining.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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