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Real Madrid were monitoring 26-year-old midfielder before he chose Tottenham in the summer

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According to a report from The Athletic, Real Madrid were among several clubs keeping tabs on Yves Bissouma before the Malian midfielder chose to join Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window.

Bissouma had established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League during his time with Brighton & Hove Albion. His all-round qualities in the middle of the park led to interest from some top clubs across Europe.

From England, the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool were keeping a close watch on the 26-year-old Malian international. Along with them, La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid were also monitoring the midfield star.

However, Bissouma eventually ended up choosing to sign for Tottenham Hotspur. Real Madrid, meanwhile, brought in Aurelien Tchouameni to reinforce their midfield department, landing the Frenchman from AS Monaco in a deal that could reach €100 million.

The 22-year-old has settled in brilliantly at the Santiago Bernabeu, quickly becoming a permanent fixture in the middle of the park in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

With Casemiro being sold to Manchester United in the summer, Tchouameni has seamlessly taken over the reins of the holding midfield position for the champions of Spain and Europe.

Indeed, the entire Real Madrid dressing room and the coaching staff have been left hugely impressed with the adaptation as well as the impact made by the former Bordeaux prospect since joining the club.

Meanwhile, Bissouma has struggled to get a foothold into Antonio Conte’s side at Tottenham. The 26-year-old has played just 160 minutes of football across all competitions so far for the north London club, starting only one game so far.

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Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report

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Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.

The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.

The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.

The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday. 

In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.

Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.

It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.

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