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Real Madrid will sign former academy player in the summer before selling him again
Real Madrid have taken some bizarre decisions in the fullback position in recent years, and in the process, let go of some of their finest talents to direct competitors.
Achraf Hakimi, Ivan Fresnada, Theo Hernandez and Fran Garcia are four such players who were let free by Los Blancos only to become some of the best in the world in their positions.
Earlier this window, the men in white had the chance to reverse one of their blunders when Bayer Leverkusen forced them into a decision regarding Fran Garcia’s future.
Real Madrid decided to utilise their right to first refusal and sign the youngster, yet, seem to be on the verge of making another hasty decision.
According to reports from Sergio Valentin, the Merengues will sign the Rayo Vallecano defender in the summer but wish to sell him immediately for a larger fee.
Keeping Real Madrid’s lack of resources at left-back and the urgent need for reinforcements, their decision to let go of such a talent for the second time comes as a perplexing decision.
On the surface, it appears to be yet another hasty decision by Florentino Perez that could come back to bite the club. However, it could well be part of a grander scheme to bring a big name in the summer.
The Galacticos will sign Garcia in the summer for a fee of €5 million. Needless to say, any interested party will have to shell out a figure superior to the aforementioned number to even commence negotiations with Los Blancos.
As it stands, Ferland Mendy is the only natural left-back in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.
David Alaba is the only other player with experience playing in the position, but the Austrian has been very clear that he sees his future in central defence. Given the situation, there is a strong chance Real Madrid will pursue Alphonso Davies come June.
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Real Madrid midfielder trained away from the group last week, but has no injury – report
With the international break underway, several Real Madrid players have been called up for national team assignments. The stars who have not travelled for international duty have continued to work at the club’s Valdebebas training facility to prepare for the restart.
Toni Kroos is one such player who has remained in Madrid, having retired from international football back in 2021.
However, there had been concerns growing around the 33-year-old’s physical condition as he regularly did indoor work last week and was not spotted in group training with his teammates.
Now, Sergio Quirante has come up with an update on Kroos’ situation, stating that even though the midfielder largely did individual work inside the facilities over the last week, he is fine and has no injuries.
Taking advantage of the international break, the former Bayern Munich superstar is understood to have gone through an individual program to prepare for the final, decisive stretch of the 2022/23 season.
Kroos not being injured comes as a big positive for Real Madrid, ahead of important games against Real Valladolid and Barcelona within the first five days of April.
The rest of the Real Madrid midfield contingent – Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, and Dani Ceballos – are all away on international duties and could return with some fatigue from the travel.
So, it is important that Kroos is fully fit and ready to go as Real Madrid look to cut down the gap to the top of the table in La Liga and also make it to the finals of the Copa del Rey by overturning a first-leg deficit against Barcelona in the semi-finals.
Kroos has played 37 matches this season, chipping in with two goals and five assists in the process. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it is still unclear whether he will renew or hang up his boots.