Real Madrid have finally decided on Aymeric Laporte


By: Manu Tournoux

For the first time in several years, Real Madrid are considering a transfer in January, after two anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the axis of their defense.

Eder Militao is out until February at the earliest, while David Alaba is on the sidelines until next season, but their replacement is rumored to not come from Saudi Arabia. Aymeric Laporte was considered one of the options, just six months after leaving Manchester City for Al Nassr. Marca claims Laporte feels good in the Middle East and has no plans to leave. Real Madrid have no plans to foot the bill for his €15m-a-year salary, even if it’s only for a short time. Likewise, the loss of Laporte will not help Al Nassr close its ten-point gap in the title race.

One of the key factors that could have come into play was the selection of Spain, with the Euros on the horizon next summer. However, it seems that Laporte has received assurance from Spanish coach Luis de la Fuente, since the Madrid daily claims that he will be part of La Roja next summer, if everything goes as planned.

Real Madrid were initially reluctant to bring in another defender, but Carlo Ancelotti appears to be insisting on the need to bring in another defender. Manchester United defender Raphaël Varane would be one of the main options, given that he has declined in importance at Old Trafford.

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