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Real Madrid midfielder likely to miss Champions League final through serious injury

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According to a report from SPORT, midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni’s participation in the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund is extremely complicated.

The Frenchman was seen walking with support during the celebration of Real Madrid’s league triumph and it is said that it will be very difficult for him to be 100% fit from a painful injury.

 It is to be noted that Tchouameni picked up a stress injury during the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Bayern. 

With a little over 15 days to recover, he faces the challenge of regaining form after this lengthy break, while also risking a relapse that could sideline him for the Euros in Germany.

Tchouameni is fighting a losing battle

Carlo Ancelotti acknowledges the slim chances of Tchouameni’s recovery and is contemplating alternatives. 

During the course of the season, the Frenchman served as a versatile asset for the Italian, shifting between defence and midfield as per team requirements and opponent strategies.

Aurelien Tchouameni is likely to miss the UEFA Champions League final. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

This predicament weighs heavily on Ancelotti, as he must decide between banking on Eder Militao’s potential, evident but not fully realized, or trusting Nacho, who proved himself against Bayern despite previous doubts.

Ancelotti will have to make significant changes

In the midfield, Eduardo Camavinga stands as the likely replacement for Tchouameni. However, his youth brings both energy and occasional insecurity, making him a wildcard. 

Alternatively, Ancelotti might opt for the Valverde-Kroos double pivot, a tactic yielding success earlier in the season. This could pave the way for Luka Modric’s inclusion, given his stellar recent performances.

Ultimately, the team’s fate hinges on Tchouameni’s recovery in the last 18 days before the final against Borussia Dortmund.

Considering the magnitude of the problem he is recovering from, it is only logical for Madrid and Ancelotti to let him heal entirely because if there is a relapse, he could go on to miss the continental championship as well.

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Just in – Kylian Mbappe to opt out of Olympics, will join Real Madrid in August

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Real Madrid are confident that Kylian Mbappe will not participate in the Paris Olympic Games, and as a result, they expect him to join their preseason squad in August, according to a striking report from SPORT.

The club has made it clear that they will not make any exceptions for Mbappe, nor will they treat him as a “special case” who can participate in both the Euro Cup and the Olympic Games, which are generally meant for younger athletes.

It is important to highlight that Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is currently in Paris for a FIFA event. This event will give him the opportunity to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and discuss the potential transfer of Mbappe.

One of Perez’s main interests is to bring the French star to Real Madrid as soon as possible. Ideally, this would be after the European Championship in Germany, which runs from June 14 to July 14, followed by a short vacation. 

Kylian Mbappe will join real Madrid this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

This is why Mbappe would be expected to join the team only in August.

No Mbappe is Paris Olympics

Interestingly, this plan would be disrupted if Mbappe were to compete in the Paris Olympic Games. 

While participating in the Olympics would be highly appealing to the French capital and could even boost Mbappe’s popularity among his fellow countrymen, Real Madrid sources believe that he will skip the Olympics.

For now, Real Madrid’s confidence that Mbappe will not participate in the Olympics means they are planning for him to join the team for the preseason in August.

Meanwhile, as the situation is still developing, Perez’s trip to Paris for FIFA’s 120th Anniversary appears to be yielding results, paving the way for Mbappe’s anticipated move to Real Madrid.

While everything related to the transfer is on track, the official announcement is pending followed by the presentation.

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