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The Madrid derby takes place on November 18 with the playoff matches to be held between November 9 and November 14

Real Madrid are fearing some of their top names could be called into World Cup qualifying playoff action just days before Los Blancos face Atletico in La Liga.

The Madrid derby takes place on November 18 with the playoff matches to be held between November 9 and November 14.

That means a clutch of big names could be forced into two crunch international fixtures prior to one of the biggest games of the Spanish domestic season.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are all facing possible playoff situations with Portugal, Croatia and Wales respectively.

Wales are bidding for a playoff spot against Ireland this evening (Image: PA Wire)

Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates after scoring their first goal

Modric and Croatia are still hoping for top spot in Group I (Image: Reuters)

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Chances are not easy to come by at Real Madrid and even less so in the last few seasons if you happen to be a right-back. Dani Carvajal’s unassailable position as first choice has been as constant as the Spain international’s performance since returning to the Bernabeu from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013. His name is one of the first on any team sheet drawn up by coach Zinedine Zidane.

This has been particularly true at the outset of 2017-18, with Carvajal the only player to have completed the full 90 minutes of Madrid’s opening 11 games.

However, Zidane will be unable to rely on the defender’s incredible durability for at least a month after Carvajal was diagnosed with pericarditis, causing his endurance run to come to an end against Espanyol.

Having previously missed only 11 games through injury during the Frenchman’s tenure, the absence of Carvajal is almost uncharted territory for Zidane. Last season, Danilo was the nominal backup, but despite a marked improvement towards the end of his brief Madrid career, Zidane was never fully confident in his ability to deputise for the Spain full back. During one game last season Zidane went so far as to drop Lucas Vazquez back rather than turning to the bench-warming Danilo.

Eyebrows were raised on deadline day when it became apparent that Madrid were making no moves in the right-back market, but Zidane believed the answer to any potential period of absence for Carvajal was already in-house in the shape of 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi.

Not only did Zidane not move to replace Danilo, he also vetoed a loan deal for Achraf to spend the season at Alaves at the 11th hour.

The Frenchman is no stranger to bringing through youth talent, a legacy of his time working with the academy sides and managing Castilla, but those eyebrows were lifted to Carlo Ancelotti heights when Zidane confirmed Achraf’s promotion to the senior squad ahead of more experienced Castilla full-back Alvaro Tejero.

Clearly, Zidane had seen enough of the youngster to sway his opinion and the Frenchman has proved on several occasions that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough and if you’re not, you’re moved on like Martin Odegaard or his own son, Enzo.

“He was outstanding,” Zidane said after the 18-year-old’s debut against Espanyol. “Achraf has shown that he can play and I am not scared to throw him in going forward. He is the second-choice right-back and so if Carvajal is not available, he can play.”

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LA LIGA trio Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are currently praying none of their standout performers pick up injuries during the international break. Express Sport brings you all the latest news.

Real Madrid offered Manchester United the chance to sign Mesut Ozil back in 2013, reports say.

The Red Devils are being tipped to sign the Germany international, who looks likely to leave Arsenal either in January or at the end of the season.

But the Daily Mail say he could have been a United player already.

Real told United they could land him four years ago but manager at the time, David Moyes, opted against a deal.

Instead, he ended up joining Arsenal, where he has won the FA Cup three times during his four years in north London.

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Edwin van der Sar used to wind up Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd

EDWIN VAN DER SAR says he used to wind up Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The duo worked together at Manchester United and the Dutchman says Ronaldo was constantly practicing his technique.

Van der Saar, however, used to tease the Portuguese ace.

“After training sessions he would often work on his free-kicks and then come to me and say: ‘Edwin, can you go in goal?’” he told FourFourTwo.

“I’d say I was old so he would be better off using one of the youth-team keepers, but he would insist I went in goal as he wanted to score past me.

“I would tease him a lot and say things like: ‘You won’t score against me, Ronnie, you know it. Ask the reserve goalie, that’s better for your confidence.

“He’d get agitated and reply: ‘No, no. You’ve got to go in goal!’”

Ronaldo was eventually transferred to Real in 2009 for then world-record £80m.

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Real Madrid have been handed a boost as Karim Benzema, Theo Hernandez and Marcelo have all returned to first team training.

The club confirmed the news on their ​official site, and it is bound to go down well with fans who have seen their side make a stuttering start to the new season.

Benzema and Hernandez are more likely to start Madrid’s next two matches, with Marcelo having come through the first part of a workout on Wednesday.

The Brazilian had suffered ‘a grade 2 tear’ in his bicep femorus muscle against Real Betis, Hernandez was sidelined with a shoulder injury picked up against Levante and Benzema had been out with a muscle injury sustained against Levante.

The club’s site read: “Real Madrid returned to training today (on Wednesday evening), completing the first session of the week without the 14 players who have been called up for their national sides.


“Casilla, Luca, Theo, Llorente, Lucas Vázquez, Benzema and Marcelo trained out on pitch 3 with the Castilla squad. The Brazilian full-back completed the first part of the session with the group, before finishing off on his own.”

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Man Utd were close to signing Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich in 2014 but the midfielder signed for Real Madrid.

Toni Kroos insists he made the right decision in signing for Real Madrid over Manchester United in 2014.

David Moyes was keen on the then-Bayern Munich midfielder, and worked on a deal to bring him to Old Trafford at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.

But Louis van Gaal pulled the plug and Kroos chose to move to the Bernabeu, where he has since won two Champions League titles.

And for Kroos, Carlo Ancelotti’s belief in his abilities was key to the transfer.

“My change of team was correct, in fact, from my point of view there is no doubt about it,” said Kroos.

“Clearly, if you go abroad to a top club, it means one more step in your development.

“Carlo Ancelotti wanted me in Madrid, and had bet on me.”

The German international is now a key figure in Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid side, who are bidding for an unprecedented hat-trick of consecutive Champions League trophies.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is causing friction behind the scenes at Real Madrid

ISCO hasn’t forgiven Cristiano Ronaldo for his early treatment at Real Madrid.

That’s according to Spanish news outlet Diario Gol who say he holds a grudge against the Portuguese superstar.

Isco was snapped up from Malaga in 2013, but initially struggled to establish himself.

The Spain international wanted to play on the left flank.

But at the time Ronaldo played there and refused to accommodate his team-mate.

Dario Gol say Isco hasn’t forgotten the former Manchester United star’s lack of co-operation as he tried to settle at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo now plays centrally in Real’s attack and Isco is deployed in his preferred role.

He has now established himself as an integral first team-player and is well liked in the Real dressing room.

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Liverpool face competition for Timo Werner, Ademola Lookman could join Spurs in January, Sergio Aguero escaped serious injury, and England’s cricket players are closing ranks.

Liverpool battle Real Madrid and Barcelona for Werner

RB Leipzig‘s German striker Timo Werner is a man in demand, according to reports in Spain. The international forward has scored six goals in nine games in his second Bundesliga season, and is attracting attention from both Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, there is Premier League interest too, as Jurgen Klopp has identified him as a target to improve his side’s forward line. The 21-year-old could yet attract interest from other clubs, too, when the winter transfer window opens

Paper Round’s view: Werner has endured a difficult week after being forced from the pitch in the first half against Besiktas because the crowd was too noisy. However, he is the most promising German youngster out of a large pool of potential superstars. A move in January might make sense, because a good showing at the World Cup might see the asking price for him rocket.

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On Sunday afternoon, Real Madrid‘s board of directors submitted the vote for the club budget for the past financial year, 2016/17, to the Madrid financial institute.

It has been a quite sensational year for Los Blancos with the revenue for the previous year expected to be just less than 700 million euros.

The exact figure is believed to be 690.3m and no surprises are anticipated with regards to the outcome of the vote as the Member’s Assembly will in all likelihood approve the accounts and budgets.

In sporting terms, 2016/17 was a spectacular success in the Spanish capital, Zinedine Zidane leading his team to double success in LaLiga and the Champions League.

In addition to this there was also tournament glory in the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

Transfer business was sparse for the Spanish giants and although 127m euros was spent on incoming players, only 54m was recouped through player sales.

Few teams across the world can compete with the financial might of Real Madrid, and Los Blancos announced that there was a surplus of 178m euros in the club’s coffers.

Their net debt is around 10m euros, a miniscule figure when you consider scale of the organisation.

Much of the increase in revenue comes as a direct result of marketing income, with 254m euros said to enter the club accounts via these means.

Real receive a total of 165m euros through their various sponsors and a further 165m comes from broadcasting rights.

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The full back has been left out of Zinedine Zidane’s squad to face Espanyol on Sunday

Dani Carvajal has been ruled out of Real Madrid action ‘indefinitely’ with a heart condition.

The full back has been left out of Zinedine Zidane’s squad to face Espanyol on Sunday.

Real Madrid said in a statement: “Following tests carried out on Dani Carvajal, he has been diagnosed with a viral pericardium infection.

“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Spanish newspaper Marca believe Carvajal’s layoff could keep him out for at least a month and a half.

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