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Real Madrid to face Getafe in second friendly after World Cup
We are in the conclusive phase of the 2022 FIFA World Cup as Argentina take on France in the final on Sunday. With the tournament set to wrap up by the end of the weekend, the club football should soon return after a mid-season hiatus.
Many clubs have already begun their preparation with the players that they have and Real Madrid are no exception when it comes to that.
The Whites have recently fared in a friendly against Leganes, which was thought to be one of three friendlies the club will face before they take on Real Valladolid by the end of the month.
Los Blancos were unable to seal a win against Leganes, drawing 1-1. But the participation of Karim Benzema raised many eyebrows, as the Ballon d’Or winner is still a part of the French squad in the World Cup. He is, in fact, eligible to play in the final, provided he is fully fit.
Nevertheless, Real Madrid are going to continue their preparation by taking on Getafe in their second friendly, reports Sergio Santos.
The Spanish journalist suggests that the Whites are set to face the Spanish top-flight outfit at the Valdebebas on Friday. This game is expected to feature a few of the stars from the World Cup, including the return of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, among others.
Even after the Getafe game, Real Madrid are expected to play one more friendly, which will likely involve most of the superstars in the first-team, including the likes of Luka Modric, whose team’s hopes were ended by an Argentina side led by Lionel Messi.
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Real Madrid not in talks with Tottenham Hotspur for 29-year-old forward
According to a recent report from Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), there is nothing concrete at the moment between Harry Kane and Real Madrid. The two parties have not held any talks and a potential transfer is distant.
Los Blancos’ admiration of the English striker is not a novel development for the Spanish giants have been monitoring his situation for a couple of seasons now.
Tottenham’s high financial demands coupled with Karim Benzema’s breathtaking form kept Kane’s pursuit out of sight, but the situation has now changed.
Real Madrid’s French striker may be the current Ballon d’Or holder but he has struggled to recreate his form this season. His subpar performances and age force the club to look for a new face and Kane is unsurprisingly back in the mix.
The England captain has a contract with Spurs that runs until 2024 and he has not agreed on a new deal with the Premier League side. His dire drought for trophies at the club level could force him to move to greener pastures and there is a long line of suitors awaiting his availability.
Manchester United and Bayern Munich both, like Real Madrid, are in need of a new centre-forward and thus join the Merengues in Kane’s pursuit.
The 29-year-old striker has started 28 Premier League games for Antonio Conte’s side this season, scoring a whopping 21 goals and providing two assists in the process. The fact that his goal tally came off a relatively low xG of 15.6 shows Kane’s effectiveness in front of the goal.
Karim Benzema is likely to renew for another season, but the summer could see the Galacticos go all out for a big-name striker. Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are some of the other names considered, though it is clear that neither of them would arrive cheap.