Real Madrid took on Girona yesterday in a top-of-the-table clash that could potentially determine the eventual winner of La Liga this season. While everyone presumed it would be a tasty end-to-end affair, Carlo Ancelotti’s side proved why they are the biggest footballing institution of all time.
Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham were the headline feature in what turned out to be a 4- 0 win for Los Blancos, with the former scoring one and essentially creating the other three goals, while the latter dunked two on Girona’s head.
Bellingham seemed to have injured himself in the first half itself after slipping inside the box, but continued playing. He even scored his second goal of the game while evidently limping, and had to be subbed off right after.
The Englishman is set to miss two-three weeks worth of football, and will return to action against RB Leipzig for the second leg in the Champions League round of 16.
According to AS, though, Bellingham avoided a rather serious injury by just ‘one millimetre’ yesterday. Had he twisted his ankle a little more, the ligaments of the tibiofibular joint would have been impacted. This would have potentially ruled him out for two months.
It’s the same injury Vinicius Jr suffered in 2019 against Ajax that sidelined him for exactly two months. He had left the pitch in tears during the first-half, and said, “I spent six months with fear; when it was cold, it hurt without doing anything” about it.
Real Madrid’s next obstacle will be RB Leipzig in the Champions League round of 16 first leg this Tuesday. They will be without Bellingham, Antonio Rudiger, Eder Militao, David Alaba, and Thibaut Courtois for the game, but will be confident about continuing their momentum.
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.