Lucas Vazquez started the new 2022/23 season on the front foot. The 31-year-old make-shift right back got important minutes against Almeria and Espanyol and as he worked towards making the full-back spot his own, a thigh injury against Mallorca halted his run.
Mundo Deportivo says although Vazquez is still not the number one choice for the right-back spot, he is still considered as someone who brings a whole new dimension to the team. After all, his attacking instincts are being utilised in a rather concealing position.
However, that one injury against Mallorca, where he played more than 70 minutes, is now been capitalized by a certain Dani Carvajal, who has completed the full 90 minutes in four of Madrid’s last five outings.
Amidst this, Vazquez is working on getting back in shape. For that, the 31-year-old is putting extensive work in Valdebebas every day in order to to provide his services to Carlo Ancelotti on Sunday, October 2, against Osasuna.
The report states that he is in the final stretch of his recovery from injury and should be available for the upcoming match post the international break.
In all fairness, Vazquez has never been a trouble for Real Madrid in the first place. Judging by his injury record where he missed a solitary game last season, a return of 41 games across all competitions that campaign warrants a place this season.
Regularity has been the key to his success and it will continue to do so now especially after he made himself available for 75 games in all competitions across the last two seasons.
The Spaniard has a contract until 2024 and it must be remembered that he was on the verge of exit two seasons ago. That particular moment was crucial as he turned a setback into confidence and worked his way up the ladder.
For now, the 31-year-old continues to fulfil the promises, be it through playing as a winger or as a converted right-back. And Ancelotti will be hoping to have him back at his disposal at the earliest possible.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.