Depletions stemming from injuries have proven to be a significant roadblock for Real Madrid this season.
With only a few days left in the La Liga campaign after the end of the preseason, Real Madrid’s starting goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, suffered an unexpected injury, ruling him out for almost the entirety of the campaign.
Kepa Arrizabalaga and Andriy Lunin have done a tremendous job alleviating his absence, but Real Madrid anxiously await his return.
Earlier today, reports came out claiming Courtois notified Real Madrid that he would not be going to the Euro 2024 with the Belgian national team and would instead be staying in Madrid to recuperate, intending to return to 100% as soon as possible.
Courtois intends to play the Euros
However, recent information contradicts the report, as according to RMC Sport, Thibaut Courtois’ entourage has denied the news that the goalkeeper has informed Real Madrid of not going to the Euros.
While a return date for the keeper has not been set just yet, given the lengthy recovery period of ACL injuries, Courtois does not rule out the scenario of playing for Belgium in the Euros in the event he is all healed.
National obligations undeniably hold incredible weight for players, and as a key member of the Belgium national team, the 31-year-old’s involvement in the Euros would come across as a huge relief for his countrymen.
Courtois could return in April 2024
The possibility of Courtois making it just in time before the season officially wraps up is also on the cards.
The goalkeeper may be able to participate in the season’s final games as the Merengues take on Real Betis in their last La Liga match on May 26.
If Courtois is able to make a recovery by then, his inclusion in the Euros would be a serious possibility.
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.