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David Alaba reportedly signs for Real Madrid
We’re still waiting on the comunicado official, but it would seem that the Austrian ball-playing center-back will be signing for the most decorated club in football history.
Ultra_Suristic comments on the economic aspects of the deal:
MARCA: Alaba will cost Real Madrid €80m in total for 4 years in wages. They are getting a player valued at €65m for free during a pandemic financial crisis. Pau Torres would've cost €50m + salary. Real Madrid were the smartest in class & their seductive power was key. pic.twitter.com/FYMyw2Rv2l— M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) January 18, 2021
Expect Heavy Rotations in Alicante
This Wednesday Los Blancos will travel to the eastern edge of Spain to the city of Alicante to face Alcoyano. Marca reports that a number of the players who’ve lately been kept on the fringe will be included in the lineup: Zidane’s starting XI against Alcoyano: No Odegaard or Hazard and a new back four. AS is also reporting on the possible changes, in a piece which includes team news: Real Madrid team news: Ramos, Varane, Chust.
All Time Real Madrid Great Podcast
Real Madrid fans and historians will not want to miss Kiyan Sobhani and Om Arvind selecting their full squads. All are invited to post their reactions on the podcast thread: Managing Madrid Podcast: Real Madrid’s All-time XI
Kroos has posted a heartening tweet
Some of the things footballers are able to do for people puts issues on the pitch in the proper perspective.
Auch an die anderen denken. Lohnt sich pic.twitter.com/foQmu0Sod3— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) January 16, 2021
Translated: “Also think about the others. It’s worth it….”
Left side: “Small man, big heart! Leon, 7, son of national team player Toni Kroos, donates 100 euros to “A Heart for Children.” Right side: “Footballer Toni Kroos donates 400,000 euros to Clemens Hospital in Münster. With this money the Pelican House will be built. Parents whose children suffer from severe brain damage will be accommodated there.”
Monday Training Session
Los Blancos continue to prepare at the Valdebebas for their match against third division Alcoyano. The foot speed and skills of Asensio in this move with his head up are worth taking a look at: