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Real Madrid were close to signing former Barcelona defender, reveals Getafe president

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Real Madrid, ironically, do not enjoy much representation in the Spanish International team and have only Dani Carvajal as an assured starter in Luis de La Fuente’s squad.

La Roja have been one of the most impressive sides so far in the ongoing European Championship and the veteran right-back has made a strong impression in both the team’s games so far.

His partner full-back, Marc Cucurella, has done equally well playing at left-back and even delivered a monstrous performance against Italy last night to help his side to a 1-0 win. The player, surprisingly, does have connections with Real Madrid in his past.

Close to moving to the Bernabeu

Speaking to the media earlier this week, Getafe president Angel Torres commented on the former Barcelona full-back and revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid before settling in the Premier League.

“I am not surprised by the level Cucurella is performing in the European Championship. I offered him to Real Madrid when he was with us in the team and the deal was about to be done,” he said, as revealed by AS.

Cucurella could have joined Real Madrid. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Cucurella eventually left Getafe for Brighton and Hove Albion for a transfer fee of merely €18 million in 2021 before signing for Chelsea one year later for a whopping €65 million.

New upgrade incoming?

Real Madrid may have missed out on Cucurella’s services to bolster their left-back position, but it is clear that Los Blancos do not intend to repeat the same mistake this summer.

While Ferland Mendy has done an impressive job at left-back from a defensive standpoint, Carlo Ancelotti and Co. are looking for a new signing who can contribute more in the final third. Alphonso Davies, thus, has emerged as a prime candidate.

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated efforts to foil the move, Real Madrid have made it their priority to sign the Canadian international soon. If the Bavarians do not accept the Merengues’ offer of €30 million, the player could well arrive on a free transfer next summer.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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