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Real Madrid trio to miss the next three games vs Villarreal, Athletic and Real Sociedad

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According to MARCA, Aurelien Tchouameni and David Alaba are set to miss Real Madrid’s upcoming Copa del Rey clash against Villarreal as well as the subsequent La Liga matches versus Athletic Club and Real Madrid. The pair will be joined by Lucas Vazquez on the list of absentees for those matches.

Tchouameni and Alaba picked up muscular injuries just before Real Madrid’s trip to Saudi Arabia for the Spanish Super Cup. The club had confirmed the nature of their injuries and had left them behind in Madrid, but had not given a specific timeframe for their recoveries.

And now, it is being reported that they will be unable to recover in time for the upcoming matches against Villarreal, Athletic, and Real Sociedad.

It does come as a blow for Real Madrid, who are under pressure to turn things around after the Spanish Super Cup final hammering against Barcelona.

Without Tchouameni screening the defence, the Merengues have not looked solid enough and Alaba’s replacement, Antonio Rudiger, has been uncharacteristically poor in recent games as well.

As for Vazquez, the right-back picked up a serious injury during Los Blancos’ Super Cup semi-final clash against Valencia, following which he had to be substituted.

The initial prognosis suggested that the Spaniard will be out for six weeks, potentially ruling him out of the next month’s UEFA Champions League encounter versus Liverpool.

So, obviously, he will miss any matches between now and then, including the upcoming games against Villarreal, Athletic Club, and Real Sociedad.

His absence, coupled with the concerns over the performances of Dani Carvajal, could open up a pathway for youngster Vinicius Tobias to get a look-in into the first-team setup.

Carlo Ancelotti has been reluctant to hand opportunities to youngsters performing well for the Castilla team, but circumstances could force the Italian tactician to change his approach.

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition

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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.

Cost-cutting

The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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