Zinedine Zidane had to call a youngster from Castilla, Álvaro Tejero, to complete the list against Legia Warsaw. Tejero is a left back but could also play as full back. He had to be included in the trip because Sergio Ramos and Pepe are out for an injury and Marcelo has the flu.
Sergio Ramos and Pepe will be out another month and both will miss the game against Atlético de Madrid in 15 days. The Spanish defender could be back earlier and he is already running in the training sessions. So Raphael Varane and Nacho have to be the full back in the next fixtures.
Having this in mind, Real Madrid businessmen are thinking in bringing back Jesús Vallejo as soon as possible. The former Zaragoza defender is currently playing on loan in Eintracht Frankfurt, being one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga. He has contract until June 2017 but Los Blancos could pay some money to the German team in compensation for breaking the contract.
Pepe’s contract expires in June and the defender has not extended his deal yet with Los Blancos. This could be because Jesús Vallejo can take over Pepe’s job at Real Madrid for the next year. It might happen even before, as soon as in January, according to the Bild.
His coach, former Bayern Munich player Niko Kovac, talks really well about the Spaniard: “He is a machine. If he has no injuries, he has a great career ahead”, his manager said recently. Also the sports director of Eintracht, Fredi Bobic, said some good words: “The youngster is improving greatly, as we expected. And he will continue improving”, the director said.
However, the German club doesn’t expect to give back Vallejo in winter: “We have a good relationship with Real Madrid, we speak often and we will meet again. At the moment, there is nothing I have to say”, Bobic finished.