Real Madrid find themselves in a difficult situation with regard to injuries in the defensive department.
Both Eder Militao and David Alaba are out with ACL injuries leaving Carlo Ancelotti with only Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez as the fit senior centre-backs at his disposal.
Last week, Rudiger also suffered an injury, which forced Ancelotti to deploy Dani Carvajal as a makeshift central defender in the derby against Atletico Madrid.
With the top-of-the-table clash against Girona coming up this weekend in La Liga, Real Madrid are sweating over the fitness of Rudiger.
Real Madrid optimistic about Rudiger’s return
However, a fresh report from Sergio Quirante of DAZN claims that Real Madrid are optimistic that Rudiger will be fit and available for selection against Girona on Saturday.
Los Blancos take on Girona in La Liga, hoping to open up a five-point lead over the Catalan outfit at the top of the table.
And, having Rudiger fit and ready for the clash will be of utmost importance for the current leaders, given how the German international has performed this season.
The former Chelsea ace did some individual work on the pitch during today’s training sessions and based on that there appears to be a growing sense of optimism that he could be ready for Saturday’s encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ancelotti might not have to deploy Carvajal at centre-back again this week, irrespective of Rudiger’s situation, as Aurelien Tchouameni will also be available for selection after serving out his one-match suspension for accumulation of yellow cards.
But having Rudiger back would be a huge boost for Real Madrid as they look to consolidate their position at the top.
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.