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Real Madrid veteran defender an injury doubt for Villarreal clash

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Real Madrid are expected to be without the services of veteran right-back Dani Carvajal against Villarreal as the 30-year-old did not train on Wednesday with the rest of the squad, reports AS.

Real Madrid will take a trip to Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday to face Villarreal and Carlo Ancelotti is expected to have most of his players available for selection after the Italian deliberately decided to rest several first-team members against Cacereno in Copa del Rey.

For Carvajal, the right-back was forced to miss the cup tie through injury and while Ancelotti was optimistic about his return for Saturday’s fixture, it seems the Spaniard is certain to miss out for the second time this year as he did not train with the team during their recovery work.

Madrid began training for the upcoming league game as soon as the squad returned from the 1-0 win over Cacereno. On Wednesday, the training regime was divided into different group sessions. 

The recovery work was performed by the players who were a part of the travelling squad while more intense work was done by those who played little or did not participate altogether.

In that context, the likes of David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior trained in the latter category in an afternoon session.

One positive thing that came out of it was the return of Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian stopper, who missed the mid-week action through muscular discomfort, trained normally along with the other keepers, meaning that he is likely to return to the first team on Saturday.

On the other hand, Carvajal was out of the group and together with Mariano Diaz, who is recovering from an ankle sprain, exercised inside the facility.

For now, AS reports that despite the evident difficulties, Ancelloti might as well test the right-back with the group in the next training sessions ahead of the Villarreal game.

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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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