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Open Thread: December 22, 2020.

Another issue of the Daily Merengue!

Hola Madridistas!

The Open Thread/Daily Merengue is a place where you can discuss anything and everything related to football. Feel free to discuss the topics presented here, or start your very own discussions! The Open thread will be posted every day by one of the mods: Valyrian Steel, Felipejack, YoSnail or Oscnar.

Marca Awards.

Yesterday, Marca gave its 19-20 season awards (only for La Liga). Zidane, along with Lopetegui, received the Miguel Munoz Award, which is given to the best manager. Courtois, being considered the best keeper, received the Zamora Award. Finally, Benzema was given the Alfredo di Stefano player of the year Award - being the only player other than Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi that this award has been given to.

More comments about the Eibar game.

Marca highlighted Real Madrid’s performance in the last game, saying they were irresistible and put a performance with a technical precision with a great directness to avoid Eibar’s pressure. Further, they stated that if Modric, Kroos and Benzema continue to play at this level, Los Blancos can dream about all of their objectives.

Will Hazard play tomorrow?

Hazard is already back in training. It was bit of surprise that he wasn’t included in the squad list for the last game, as it had been reported that the player wanted to play. As you can see in photo, he was spotted training normally yesterday, but it remains questionable if he’s already match fit enough to be a part of the squad or even to start.

Transfer Rumors, Player contracts and the Take Kubo situation.

As reported by Lucas Navarrete, AC Milan want to sign Luka Jovic this winter. They will offer a six-month loan deal with an option for them to buy the player permanently next summer.

Per Jose Luis Sanchez, Real Madrid will resume contract renewal talks with their players in January, including Sergio Ramos. The contracts of Modric and Lucas Vazquez are also up for renewal.

Real Madrid attacking midfielder Takefusa Kubo is struggling for minutes on loan, and there are other clubs in La Liga monitoring the situation. Mario Cortegana of AS has singled out Getafe as a team that are “especially” interested. Cope has also reported that Real Madrid is already looking for a new club for Take Kubo.

ICYMI: Iker Casillas Opens Up on Tumultuous Relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Matt Wiltse explores how the former Spanish and Real Madrid captain revealed new anecdotes behind the feud in a documentary series highlighting the goalkeeper’s career.

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