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Real Madrid talisman at risk of being suspended for Almeria clash if booked vs Mallorca

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Real Madrid will play hosts to RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu later today as they resume their La Liga campaign after the mid-season break.

Los Blancos are currently seated atop the La Liga standings, although Girona are tied on points with them in second place.

One of the major reasons behind Real Madrid’s strong position in the table has been Jude Bellingham.

Having arrived in the summer, the England international has become the talisman for the Merengues, leading the way in terms of goal contributions and excelling his all-round game.

Bellingham at the risk of suspension

Someone who gives it his all on the pitch, Bellingham will need to operate a bit more cautiously in tonight’s match against Mallorca.

This is because the 20-year-old midfielder has accumulated four yellow cards in La Liga and another booking tonight would earn him an automatic one-match suspension.

That would entail him sitting out of the next La Liga clash against Almeria on January 21.

It would not be the most ideal scenario for Real Madrid, considering how close things are at the top of the table. It must be noted that Los Blancos will not be playing in La Liga in the next matchday due to their involvement in the Spanish Super Cup.

Even though Vinicius Jr. is back, having someone of Bellingham’s ilk always available is important, more so when things are so tight in the title race.

As such, Carlo Ancelotti & co. will hope that the former Borussia Dortmund ace does not end up getting booked in today’s game.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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