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Real Madrid scouting 22-year-old German striker

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There are two schools of thought regarding the future of Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. While some believe that the club must begin looking for long-term replacements, others feel that the Frenchman has at least two seasons left at the top level and that Madrid need not rush.

According to reports from Ekrem Konur, Real Madrid are scouting 22-year-old Mainz striker Jonathan Burkardt, considering signing the youngster.

Carlo Ancelotti has communicated to Mariano Diaz that he does not count on him, and the future of Borja Mayoral is not clear too. Evidently, there is an urgent need for a reliable backup option that can also serve in the long term.

Burkardt began his career in the academy of Mainz before he eventually received a call-up to the first team in 2018. In the past four years with the Bundesliga side, he gradually became an undisputed starter.

Last season, the 22-year-old made 34 appearances for Mainz, scoring 11 goals and providing three assists in the process. With every passing season, his goalscoring tally has only gone up.

The centre-forward’s contract lasts until 2024, after which he will be available to sign on a free transfer. If the club want to sign him this summer, however, he will not come cheap.

Burkardt’s signing is undoubtedly a gamble, but one that could pay off large dividends if it succeeds.

If not the youngster, Ancelotti could also look to swoop Timo Werner from Chelsea. The London-based club offered the German’s services to Los Blancos earlier today, but it remains as to what Florentino Perez has in his mind.

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Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report

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Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.

The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.

The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.

The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday. 

In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.

Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.

It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.

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