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Tchouameni misses training with a hip bruise ahead of World Cup final – report

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According to RMC Sport, Real Madrid and France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni is not training ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 final due to a hip bruise.

Tchouameni arrived at Real Madrid this past summer and has become a key member of Carlo Ancelotti’s team, ensuring that Casemiro’s departure has not been felt at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Similarly, he has been a big presence in the France midfield unit at the World Cup, taking greater responsibility in the absence of key figures like N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.

The 22-year-old has been a permanent fixture in the middle of the park for France at the World Cup so far, featuring in all of their six matches from the group stages to the semi-finals. Tchouameni even scored a golazo in the quarter-final win over England.

So, the development regarding his dealing with a hip bruise comes as a major concern for France manager Didier Deschamps.

Tchouameni is understood to be at the stadium where France are training but has not participated in any sessions, along with former Real Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez, who is dealing with a knee issue.

Apart from the pair, another ex-Real Madrid ace, Raphael Varane, is not training due to the virus that has hit the France squad. Ibrahima Konate, too, is down with the same bug while Kingsley Coman is also not training for the reigning world champions.

It remains to be seen if Tchouameni’s issue is serious and whether it impacts his availability for the finals of the World Cup on Sunday when Les Bleus face Lionel Messi’s Argentina.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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