Casemiro’s departure from Real Madrid marks the end of an era for the club. Widely regarded as the best defensive midfielder in the world, the Brazilian was one of the most vital components of Los Blancos’ setup for close to a decade.
Manchester United officially announced their acquisition of the 30-year-old on Friday. The English side agreed to pay €86 million including add-ons for the player.
According to reports from AS, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and CEO Jose Angel Sanchez have decided to reinvest the money from Casemiro’s sale into the Bernabeu renovations.
Instead of looking for an immediate replacement in midfield, the club prefer to wait until January strategically before bringing someone in.
Aurelien Tchouameni was signed this summer to be Casemiro’s long-term replacement and will likely begin his gargantuan mission as early as Saturday.
With Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in the running, manager Carlo Ancelotti has no shortage of options for the upcoming season.
All eyes will now be on the newly signed Frenchman to see if he can live up to the astronomical expectations. Needless to say, the Brazilian’s departure could be a blessing in disguise for Los Blancos.
The Santiago Bernabeu renovation began in 2019 and was expected to be ready by this year. However, a combination of the pandemic and war delayed the process.
The new stadium will be ready in time for the 2023-24 season. While there will be no actual increase in capacity from the existing 81,044, the renovation will ensure better spacing and access to the existing seating.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.