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Real Madrid paying close attention to German wonderkid at the World Cup – report
The generational replacement of the central midfield of Real Madrid is supposedly blooming at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with Mundo Deportivo claiming that the team from the capital city has set its sights on the likes of Jamal Musiala and Jude Bellingham.
The Bundesliga duo have been the standout performers for their respective nations at the ongoing world event and seeing their performance, the two have gained immense importance among the Real Madrid management.
As it turns out, the England midfielder was Madrid’s priority mostly because of the position he plays in and the fact that he could be easier to acquire.
Although his current deal with Borussia Dortmund runs until 2025, he is likely to be headed for an exit at the end of the season, with the Bundesliga club already said to be preparing for his departure.
Musiala’s case, on the other hand, is relatively trickier. He is playing at an elite club like Bayern Munich and has a contract with them that runs until 2026. Furthermore, it is Bayern Munich themselves who will pose a problem with any kind of approach Madrid will make.
Add to it the fee they will demand if they somehow agree to part ways with Musiala and the team will supposedly have to break the bank.
Mundo Deportivo also says that Madrid’s idea is to bring in one player between Bellingham and Musiala.
The team wants to find an answer between the two as they expect the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and Aurelien Tchouameni to occupy the other midfield positions.
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Rival watch: Barcelona midfielder essentially ruled out of Real Madrid clash
In what could be a real deal breaker for Real Madrid ahead of their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash against Barcelona, it has been revealed that as many as three Barça will be absent from the game while another key player remains a major doubt.
The list includes the likes of Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Andreas Christensen. The trio is certain to miss the game through respective injuries while a certain Frenkie de Jong is more or less ruled out, as per Javi Miguel.
It must be remembered that Barcelona are heading into the second leg with a 1-0 advantage. But the absence of the aforementioned players means Madrid can work on exploiting the frailties.
Despite the absence of such big names, Barcelona did pretty well against Elche in their previous outing, coming out 4-0 victorious, with the goals coming from Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres.
With options lacking in midfield, Xavi decided to use the likes of Sergi Roberto and Eric Garcia along with Gavi in the heart of the lineup. In any way, they do have Sergio Busquets and Franck Kessie as backups if needed.
The defence, on the other hand, was perfectly guarded by Jordi Alba, Marcos Alonso, Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde.
One can expect Xavi to once again interchange Araujo with Kounde on the right since the Uruguayan has been rather successful in minimizing the threat of Vinicius Jr.
As far as Madrid are concerned, they are sweating over the fitness of three key defenders, namely, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, and Ferland Mendy. Between these three, the Frenchman is out for about a month while Rudiger and Nacho are expected to be back before the Clasico.
If there are no casualties against Real Valladolid, Madrid will have a perfect midfield and attack, with only Mariano Diaz missing.