Real Madrid star forced to self-isolate, Cesc Fabregas names his toughest ever opponent and more


The Serbia international’s nascent Los Blancos career has suffered further damage after he was told to stay at home for the coming weeks.

Real Madrid and Serbia striker Luka Jovic has been told to self-isolate after one of his friends tested positive for COVID-19, reports Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old came into contact with a friend who was later tested positive for the coronavirus, and while his own test came back to be negative, protocol laid out by the Spanish government dictates that the Real Madrid forward has to isolate himself.

It isn’t clear at the time as to how long the striker has been asked to stay at home but one thing is clear that he will probably miss his side’s clash with Alaves on Friday, with Jovic also a doubt for fixture against Granada that will take place next Monday.

The former Eintracht Frankfurt striker has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side’s starting XI since his €60m move from Bundesliga last June. He has made 25 appearances for Real in all competitions this season, scoring a puny 2 goals in the process.

Real Madrid star forced to self-isolate
The 22-year-old has struggled since his move to Real Madrid last summer (Image Copyright: imago images / AFLOSPORT)

Top News 2: Cesc Fabregas names his toughest ever opponent

Cesc Fabregas names his toughest ever opponent
The Liverpool legend won one Champions League title with the Reds (Image Copyright: imago images / Action Plus AlanxMartin)

The former Arsenal player came through the youth ranks of the Gunners and represented Arsene Wenger’s side for eight years before securing a move to FC Barcelona.

Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has named Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the toughest opponent he’s faced in his star-studded career.

The Spaniard has enjoyed successful spells in the Premier League and La Liga and is currently representing French outfit AS Monaco in Ligue 1.

Over his best playing years that came during his stay in the English and Spanish top-flights, the Spaniard locked horns with a number of great midfielders including Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, among others.

However, it is the one-time Champions League winner Gerrard whom Fabregas cited as his toughest opponent on the pitch while giving an interview to BBC’s Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.

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Top News 3: Borussia Dortmund slash Andre Schurrle’s asking price

Since signing for the Signal Iduna Park residents in a £27m move from fellow Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, Schurrle has failed to live up to the expectations.

Borussia Dortmund have lowered their asking price of forward Andre Schurrle to a meager £2m after no side came forward to meet their previous £27m valuation of the striker, as per The US Sun.

The former Chelsea and Fulham striker has failed to justify the £27m fee Dortmund paid to Wolfsburg to acquire his services back in 2016, thereby forcing Die Borussen to lower their asking price for the German by nearly 93 percent.

Schurrle helped Chelsea win the 2014/15 title but left the Premier League in the middle of that season to join Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. His excellent performances for the Bundesliga outfit saw Dortmund break the bank to secure his services only one year later.

However, after a disappointing first two seasons at the Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund loaned the midfielder to Premier League side Fulham for the 2018/19 campaign. Upon his return a year later, the Germany international was sent to Russian outfit Spartak Moscow for the 19/20 season.

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