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♫ Get’cha Head In the Game ♫
The boys in white completed their final training session ahead of the Getafe game - one that they need to win to pile the pressure on Atletico Madrid- now that the La Liga title is up for grabs.
(Headline’s an easy movie reference)
The madridistas then worked on tactics and the session was rounded off with several training matches played on a reduced-sized pitch. pic.twitter.com/7pssYXGICa— Real Madrid Info ³⁴ (@RMadridInfo) April 17, 2021
Yeesh! Did you take a look at that squad list for the Getafe game? It’s as thin as it gets, with only 13 players in there. Mendy was also added to the injury list, bringing the season’s tally to 54! Somebody please check if it’s a record. And then there’s the fact that most of those available have played an awful lot recently, the highlight of this being the so-called “Hell Week”, in which Real Madrid played three very physically demanding and season defining games. Now, they’re off to face Getafe for this Sunday’s match and it seems that Victor Chust might be starting at center back.
Look to the East for reinforcements
Though it doesn’t quite make up for the injured and/or sick starters and veterans, Zinedine Zidane has decided to include 3 Castilla players in the squad for Getafe, according to Marca. Those three are M. Gutierez, A. Blanco and the usual first team guest, S. Arribas.
Transfer Rumour (Yes, it’s about him again)
BREAKING: Kylian Mbappé has rejected another contract renewal from PSG for 30 million euros a season. The message is now clear, he only wants to play for Real Madrid where he will ask for 15 million per season. #rmlive ✅— Los Blancos Live (@blancoslive) April 17, 2021
It’s been discussed quite a bit, but I’ll go ahead an ask anyway; Do you guys think he’s actually coming this year?
Also, Manchester United and Arsenal are trying to Solid Snake their way into the Camavinga race. The youngster has been in Real Madrid’s sights for a while now, but you know how it goes. It’s not always “first come, first served” in this matters.
Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with France's 18-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who has decided not to extend his contract at Rennes. (Source: Marca) pic.twitter.com/SrkIMZPHev— Transfer News Central (@TransferNewsCen) April 16, 2021
Apparently, the Real Madrid players decided that they will let go of their (possible) bonus so as to save the club some money.
Real Madrid players have decided they will not take the bonus if they win the League or Champions.— Real Madrid Info ³⁴ (@RMadridInfo) April 17, 2021
The players have also decided that, if they win the two titles, they will give up one of the bonuses, which will save €30M for the club. [ABC] pic.twitter.com/ln8qVjrFk4
The way forward
Marca reports that Madrid have their list for “untouchables” for the coming seasons. According to the article, Vinicius Jr, Fede Valverde, Rodrygo & -wait for it-.. Martin Ødegaard (!) are young players that are not up for sale, as they are considered key components of the club’s future. It is also reported that the club recognize the need for reinforcements. This should be music to the ears of those hoping for a summer with ... fireworks.
Make sure you enjoy the match and, above all, have a great day! May the madridismo be with you.