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Real Madrid want to sign a centre-back in January

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Real Madrid’s injury woes just don’t seem to have any end in sight. After having key players knocked out with long-term injuries during the early parts of the campaign, the club have faced yet another blow this week.

During the win over Villarreal, Real Madrid have lost David Alaba through a fresh injury. The Austrian international has picked up an ACL injury, which could keep him out on the sidelines for the remainder of the campaign.

Real Madrid likely to sign a new centre-back in January

The injury to Alaba has left Carlo Ancelotti with limited options in central defence. With Eder Militao also injured, Ancelotti only has Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger as the two reliable options at the heart of the backline.

With that in mind, Real Madrid are likely to go after a new centre-back in the upcoming January transfer window, reports Diario SPORT (h/t Madrid Xtra).

Alaba’s injury to be a big blow for Real Madrid (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

This could mark a significant shift in stance from Real Madrid, who were reluctant to sign any new players in January despite losing a series of players due to injury.

Who are the potential targets?

It is difficult to predict what kind of player Real Madrid are looking for, at this point in time. The club are unlikely to spend big money, as they look to save up for a big splash in the summer.

Keeping that in mind, Real Madrid may go after an experienced centre-back, who can replace Alaba and Militao at least until the end of the season. To that end, a loan move cannot be ruled out either.

At the same time, Los Blancos may also go after a young talent, with scope for the future. The club have been keeping tabs on Lille starlet Leny Yoro for a while now.

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‘It’s a beautiful thing’ – Real Madrid megastar raring to play his sixth UCL final

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Real Madrid’s most crucial endeavour of the season edges closer as they gear up to take Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

Emotions are sure to be running high not only because of the monumental occasion; but also because a certain Toni Kroos will be playing his final game in the royal white jersey.

The German will be parting ways after enjoying 10 trophy-filled seasons and will aim to add another to his illustrious cabinet before he travels to Germany for the Euros in what will officially be his last rodeo in professional football.

Now, speaking in the build-up to the grand showdown with Borussia, Kroos has given his two cents on the team’s preparation and the morale inside the locker room.

On the upcoming Champions League final

Kroos acknowledged it felt incredible to play his sixth final for the Merengues, but claimed none of this success would have been possible without the efforts of a cohesive team.

“My sixth final? It’s a beautiful thing. I was lucky to play for a team that was able to achieve these successes.

“I am part of this, but I do not like to be alone, there is always the team. Without a team, it is impossible to do this,” Kroos remarked during an interview with RMTV.

Additionally, the German midfielder argued that Real Madrid were in high spirits today and they have the potential to surprise people.

“Today I saw everyone enjoying and looking forward to. The final is on Saturday. There is a competitor that may surprise some people.”

Kroos will play his last game for Real Madrid on Saturday. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Kroos is eager to close his Real Madrid career on a high and claims this will be his last effort before riding off into the sunset.

“This will be my last effort for Real Madrid. Hala Madrid,” he exclaimed.

On his farewell game

Kroos played his final game at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Betis recently, and his emotional substitution in the 86th minute marked a poignant farewell.

As Kroos came off the pitch, he confessed that seeing his daughter cry was a difficult pill to swallow and he will carry these special moments till the very end.

“I tried not to cry on Saturday but when I saw my daughter cry it changed. It was very difficult for me. I will never forget these moments. I will remember forever, my children and my wife too,” he said.

The 34-year-old also mentioned that whenever he feels like experiencing a tear-jerker, he will take a trip down memory lane by looking at the farewell pictures.

“Saturday was the night of a lifetime. If one day at home I want to cry, I will look at the farewell pictures.”

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