In somewhat of a positive development, Real Madrid have learnt that Thibaut Courtois does not have a muscle injury but just an overload following the latest scans carried out on the goalkeeper.
This claim comes from journalist Carlos Rodriguez, who states that the results of the latest MRI scans carried out on Courtois have revealed no muscle injury.
Courtois pulled up with some discomfort in his groin during the warm-up before the La Liga clash against RCD Mallorca this past Sunday.
It forced manager Carlo Ancelotti to withdraw the Belgian international and replace him with Andriy Lunin in the starting XI, as Los Blancos went on to lose 1-0 at Son Moix.
Following the injury, Courtois was left out of the travelling party that flew to Morocco yesterday for the FIFA Club World Cup. However, the goalkeeper’s name remains on the squad list, with manager Ancelotti confirming as much in his press conference earlier today.
“All three [Courtois, Benzema and Militao] are on the list because it means they can recover for the final. We’ll see, we preferred to leave them in Madrid to follow the best treatment. We’ll see if they’re ready for Saturday’s game,” he said.
Now, it has emerged that Courtois’ scan results are positive and the Belgian international could still be ready in time for the finals of the FIFA Club World Cup, provided Real Madrid beat Al Ahly in the semi-finals tomorrow and qualify.
While Courtois has chances of flying to Morocco in the coming days, another report from journalist Sergio Valentin is claiming that Real Madrid are erring on the side of caution when it comes to the conditions of Eder Militao and Karim Benzema and no decision has been made on their involvement.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.