Real Madrid saw their 100% win record in the 2022/23 campaign come to an end on Sunday as Osasuna held them to a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night. As a result, Los Blancos are now trailing Barcelona in the La Liga table, albeit on goal difference.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping for a quick correction of course when his team face Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League this week.
And ahead of the clash against the Ukrainian giants, Real Madrid could be handed a major injury boost as veteran midfielder is expected to return to training from today.
This claim comes from ABC (h/t Madrid Zone), who state that Modric is in line to rejoin training with the rest of the team on Monday.
The 37-year-old missed the game against CA Osasuna due to a minor hip injury he picked up on international duty with Croatia. Ancelotti insisted ahead of the weekend clash that the veteran superstar’s injury was not major and he would be returning soon.
And it is now being claimed that he could rejoin training as early as today. However, whether he will be risked for the upcoming games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Getafe remains a major question, considering that Real Madrid will play Barcelona in El Clasico in two weeks.
It was clear that Los Blancos missed Modric’s presence against Osasuna on Sunday night as they seemed to lack the fluidity of movement and the vision that he brings to the table.
And the game against Shakhtar Donetsk will be anything but easy. But whether Ancelotti decides to risk the Croatian international by rushing him back will be interesting to see.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.