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Werner not on Real Madrid’s shortlist anymore

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The attacker hasn’t been able to play in tough atmospheres due to “hearing issues”.

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Red Bull Leipzig attacker Timo Werner appeared to be Real Madrid’s main target to improve their striker position and even the German player admitted to be keen on a potential move to the Spanish league. However, things have changed since Werner was forced to leave the Champions League match against Besiktas with what was reported as a “hearing issue.”

Furthermore, the striker didn’t even travel with the team to play against Dortmund this past weekend because of that same problem, something which has clearly affected Real Madrid’s interest in the player. It would not make sense to spend big money on a striker who can’t play when the crowd gets loud.

Although it’s clear that Madrid will need to sign a backup striker next summer —maybe even in January— Werner can’t be that man unless he proves he can play in loud environments. Other attackers like Harry Kane or Mauro Icardi have moved ahead of Werner on Real’s shortlist, if reports coming from Spain are accurate.