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Real Madrid will be closely watching the World Cup for potential signings – report



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The best players never fail to step up on the biggest stages, and it is no secret that nothing quite gets bigger than the FIFA World Cup in the world of football.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid will have their eyes on the World Cup in Qatar. The club will pay close attention to the tournament next month to identify possible recruits for next summer.

The World Cup is the perfect stage for Los Blancos to judge their options for it puts forth contenders from across the globe. This becomes more significant when one considers that Real Madrid now have three non-EU spots vacant after Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Eder Militao all received their Spanish citizenship.

It must be remembered that Real Madrid signed players like James Rodriguez (2014), Mesut Ozil (2010) and even Ronaldo (2002) after their explosive performances in a World Cup.

Needless to say, the focus could be on centre-forwards for that is the need of the hour, as Real Madrid continue to look for an able understudy for Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid will be heavily represented in the upcoming World Cup. Thibaut Courtois, Antonio Rudiger, Dani Carvajal, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde, Vinicius and Karim Benzema are just some of the players who will be critical to their nations’ chances at the prestigious competition.

Real Madrid play four more games before the first game in Qatar kicks off. With a long hiatus from club football just around the corner, Carlo Ancelotti’s side must aim to sign off on a high to keep their momentum going.

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Key Real Madrid star will be fit for Valladolid clash despite national team withdrawal



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Real Madrid have been greeted with some positive news on the injury front as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to be fit and ready for the upcoming La Liga clash against Real Valladolid.

The 30-year-old custodian had flown away for national team duty with Belgium and played the full game against Sweden last week. However, the Real Madrid ace was sent back to the club over the weekend due to a minor adductor strain.

This raised concerns over the former Chelsea star’s condition, especially with a busy period lying ahead for the Merengues.

However, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic has eased any nerves surrounding his situation, reporting that Courtois was subjected to tests upon returning to Spain and there is no reason for worry.

The report states that Real Madrid expect their No. 1 to be fit and available for their next game which will be against Real Valladolid in La Liga on April 2, Sunday.

It is further stated that the knock Courtois sustained was not a new one and that the 30-year-old had felt discomfort in the same area during Los Blancos’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie against Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month.

Courtois has featured 32 times across all competitions this term, having missed a few matches due to fitness issues. He has managed just ten clean sheets and will be hoping to add to that against Valladolid, now that is reportedly fit to feature at the weekend.

In another boost, reports earlier today indicated that Toni Kroos does not have any injury after concerns were raised due to the midfielder doing individual training sessions over the past week.

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