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Real Madrid receive injury boost ahead of Espanyol clash

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After two wins in two games in their 2022/23 La Liga campaign, Real Madrid will come up against RCD Espanyol in their next encounter on Sunday night.

And, ahead of the game, Los Blancos have been handed a fresh injury boost as forward Rodrygo Goes has returned to training with the group.

This comes from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, who also claims that Toni Kroos is still recovering from his flu while Alvaro Odriozola is currently training by himself indoors.

Rodrygo’s return, though, should come as a boost for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The Brazilian has missed both games for Real Madrid this season, due to muscular discomfort.

It has deprived manager Ancelotti of options in the attacking third, as he has had to continue with Federico Valverde on the right flank, with Eden Hazard the only other viable substitute as Marco Asensio’s future continues to hang in the balance.

Rodrygo enjoyed a fruitful campaign last season, finishing with nine goals and ten assists from 49 matches across all competitions. The 21-year-old was largely used off the bench by Ancelotti but proved his worth by scoring vital goals throughout the campaign.

The Brazilian seems ready for a bigger role in the ongoing campaign and with the manager insisting that he plans to rotate his squad more regularly, Rodrygo should stand a chance o starting more matches than he has done in the past.

With him returning to group training, there is a very good chance that the former Santos prodigy will be available to feature against Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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