In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Real Madrid recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Madrid eye Napoli’s £155m-rated Fabian Ruiz
Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz, report the Guardian. The 23-year-old is also attracting interest from the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona, with the former allegedly sending a scout to watch him in Champions League action tonight as Napoli take on Red Bull Salzburg.
Ruiz should be seen as a massive coup considering his age and potential, but as mentioned above, Madrid will face stiff competition to prize him away from Napoli next year.
If Luka Modric does depart Real upon the expiry of his contract next summer, it would make perfect sense for Los Blancos to move for Ruiz; he won’t be cheap, though, as Napoli reportedly value their prized asset at an eye-watering £155m. Indeed, Ruiz is actually averaging more key passes, shots and passes per game (via WhoScored) than the Croatian, so could help freshen things up in the middle of the park.
Eden Hazard misses open goal against Galatasaray
Eden Hazard’s underwhelming start in a Real Madrid shirt continued on Tuesday night in the Champions League, as the 28-year-old somehow missed an open goal from close-range against Galatasaray.
The Belgian has scored just once in seven appearances for Madrid this season, but could have quite easily doubled his total against the Super Lig side had he not rattled the crossbar with his overpowered effort.
Eden Hazard missed from here! 😲 pic.twitter.com/CBfJtWZ93Q
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) October 22, 2019
Although Hazard has only scored once for Madrid so far, his career in Spain has been hampered by injuries, so it is perhaps unfair to completely judge him off early performances.
However, there is simply no excuse for a world-class footballer missing a chance like the one shown above.
Rescheduled date for El Clasico confirmed
The Spanish football federation have confirmed that El Clasico will take place on 18th December, report the Mirror.
Madrid were due to travel to Barcelona this weekend for the first El Clasico of the campaign, however political unrest in Catalonia – which has led to protests in the streets surrounding the Camp Nou – has meant that the SFF deemed it unsafe for the fixture to go ahead.
A statement released by the Spanish football federation’s competition committee declared: “The Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation has agreed today to set for December 18 the date of Barcelona vs Real Madrid.
“The decision of the Competition Committee has come after analyzing in recent days the proposals of both clubs, who agreed on a date of December 18 for the postponed match.” (via the Mirror).
This, although frustrating for both teams and sets of fans, is the correct decision taken by the Spanish football federation considering the current situation in Barcelona.
It would be unsafe and irresponsible to allow such an intense rivalry take place in the midst of an already hostile environment.
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