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Real Madrid ‘surprised’ by seasoned campaigner’s imminent departure

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With Nacho Fernandez on his way to Al Qadsiah, Real Madrid have been dealt with yet another blow this week as another veteran star became linked with a move to the Middle East.

The player in question is Joselu. Coming on the back of a stellar loan spell at Real Madrid, the veteran forward now appears to be on the verge of joining Al Gharafa, a Qatari outfit.

Real Madrid surprised with the development

According to a report from The Athletic, Real Madrid have been left surprised by this major development surrounding the future of Joselu.

Not more than a few weeks ago, the Spaniard was destined to extend his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu after scoring 17 goals in all competitions this past season.

Carlo Ancelotti had planned the new season with Joselu (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite the arrival of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, Real Madrid backed Joselu to play an important role in the first team, albeit in a diluted manner.

The report adds that Carlo Ancelotti had planned for him to be a part of the first team next season.

What’s next?

But the striker appears to have made a radical U-turn and is all set to join Al Gharafa, who ply their trade in the first division of Qatari football.

As per the report, Real Madrid are working closely with Espanyol to try and activate the €1.5 million purchase option for Joselu and then sell him to the Qatari outfit.

Alternatively, Los Blancos may allow the Catalan outfit to facilitate the sale directly, perhaps as a way of rewarding the Spanish club.

Joselu, for his part, has already made the decision to move to Qatar and his switch to Al Gharafa could be made official in the near future.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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