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Real Madrid superstar ruled out Copa del Rey final, big doubt for Man City clash
In what could be a bitter blow for Real Madrid, Jose Luis Sanchez is reporting that midfielder Luka Modric is injured and ruled out of Copa del Rey final against CA Osasuna. His availability for the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg versus Manchester City is also uncertain
Modric was seen icing his left thigh after coming off in the second half against Girona earlier this week. It was reported that the issue was not serious and that the 37-year-old would be ready in time for the big games next month.
However, it seems that Modric’s discomfort has only grown worse over the past few days, and tests have reportedly revealed a tear in his hamstring, which will sideline him two weeks.
This rules out his availability for the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna, while his involvement in the UCL semi-final versus Manchester City is also up in the air.
It also essentially means that Modric will miss tomorrow’s La Liga game against CA Osasuna as well as the encounter against Real Sociedad next week.
This comes as a bitter blow for Real Madrid at a crucial juncture of the season. Despite his age, Modric remains a top player and a key part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Going into two pivotal fixtures, possibly the biggest of the season, without him could be a major cause of concern.
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Real Madrid plan to hold talks with Chelsea over €60 million-rated German international
Kai Havertz has emerged as the latest target for Real Madrid as they look to beef up the attacking unit ahead of the new season.
The club are bracing themselves for the loss of Marco Asensio, who is reportedly closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Even Dani Ceballos is facing an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu, though the club are making a last-gasp effort to keep hold of the midfielder.
In order to mitigate the losses, Real Madrid are planning to bring in a new attacker, with Havertz emerging as a potential candidate.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid’s plan is to hold talks with Chelsea in the next few weeks, over the possibility of Havertz’s move to the Bernabeu.
The Premier League giants seek good money for the German international, but do not consider him ‘untouchable’. The player, after all, has endured a difficult season, where his productivity has been questioned.
The former Bayer Leverkusen starlet has netted seven goals in the Premier League this past season, but the number could have easily breached the 15 mark if the forward had successfully converted most of his chances.
Chelsea, therefore, are ready to offload the German ahead of the new season. The Blues had signed the young playmaker in the summer of 2020, for an astounding €80 million. But the move has not paid off at all, with the player scoring just 32 goals in 139 appearances.
Chelsea are now keen on recouping some of that investment by asking big money for Havertz this summer. Real Madrid, for their part, are not exactly clear how much they should spend on the German, but they appear ready to take the gamble on the player.