As Real Madrid look to bounce back their pre-season defeat to Barcelona, they have received some good news as forward Rodrygo Goes is back in team training.
Indeed, as per Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, the 22-year-old prodigious attacker has resumed training normally with the rest of the squad today, as they prepare for the final pre-season friendly against Juventus.
Rodrygo did not participate in Real Madrid’s training sessions on Sunday, along with Ferland Mendy.
As far as the Frenchman is concerned, he is expected to be out on the sidelines for at least a month in yet another injury setback for him.
But, Los Blancos have had some good fortune as far as Rodrygo is concerned as the Brazilian wonderkid has returned to training and is already doing sessions with the rest of the group.
A big season awaits Rodrygo
Despite there never being any doubts over his potential and quality, Rodrygo, so far in his time at Real Madrid, had to take a backseat as the limelight shone on Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema.
But, with the Frenchman no longer at the club, the 22-year-old is set for a big season ahead where he will have a much more critical role to play for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Rodrygo enjoyed the best-ever campaign of his career back in 2022/23, finishing with a return of 19 goals and 11 assists from 57 appearances across all competitions.
On several occasions last season, the Brazilian international had to slot in as a centre-forward when Benzema was out with injury or was being rested.
Moving forward in the new campaign, Rodrygo will likely have to play in a central position much more frequently considering Real Madrid have Joselu as their only recognised striker.
So, the 22-year-old’s return to training after missing yesterday’s session bodes well as he will need to prepare adequately for the challenges that lie ahead in the new campaign.
Real Madrid will bring down the curtains on their pre-season tour of the USA with a friendly against Juventus on Wednesday night.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.