Ahead of the close of the January transfer window, here are some of the headlines coming out of the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid have identified their next Brazilian prodigy and have been given the go ahead to discuss terms with the player. Palmeiras’ Endrick Felipe is only 15 years old but has impressed Real Madrid.
Marca reports that Palmeiras are going to help Madrid do the groundwork with Endrick’s family to find out if they can allow their ward to leave Brazil at such a young age. As soon as this is done, Madrid will be free to enter negotiations with the kid.
Barcelona is also reportedly interested in the player and are prepared to enter a bidding war for his signature. However, FIFA rules prevent either of the clubs from taking him away from Brazil at that age.
Gareth Bale has had a bad time at Madrid in the past few years and his family and friends back in Wales have had enough as they send messages to the 33-year-old to leave Real Madrid.
Bale will no doubt be leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season but it is priming up to be a long six months for the Welshman at the Santiago Bernabeu. The former Tottenham Hotspur man is Britain’s most accomplished player but his career appears to have come to a screeching halt, with a few jump-starts here and there.
His family and friends have now sent messages to him from Wales, asking that he leaves the club on his own terms in order to keep his legacy intact. They do not want him to leave Madrid silently, believing that a player of his caliber and with his accomplishments deserves to go out with a bang.
A reunion with Santiago Bernabeu fans looks unlikely for former Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, as he has suffered a muscle injury in training.
Ramos joined PSG after 16 years in Madrid where he spent 10 years as captain. Fitness issues have kept him from featuring regularly for the Parisiens, but he had begun to find his way into the team, even scoring a goal in his latest outing with the team.
Le Parisien now reports that Ramos has suffered another muscular injury that made him leave training early. The extent of the damage is unknown, but his likely return date has been set for sometime in February.
This means he could miss the first leg of the tie, which he has admitted that he looks forward to.