Bengaluru, December 2: Real Madrid are reportedly ready to pull the plug on a January move for German international striker Timo Werner due to concerns over his ears.
Spanish newspaper Marca claims the RB Leipzig striker is a target for Zinedine Zidane as the coach wants to give Karim Benzema some competition for a spot in the Playing XI. Zidane allegedly zeroed in on the in-form RB Leipzig striker as the perfect player to do so.
Werner has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season and also looks to have nailed a place for himself in Germany’s World Cup squad.
However, the report adds that Real may hold off making an offer after Werner fell ill during a Champions League match against Besiktas in September.
The striker was forced off with just 30 minutes on the clock after feeling dizzy due to the noise at the Turkish team’s stadium.
Werner was seen trying to block the sound with his fingers before being given ear plugs by a Leipzig coach.
It’s believed Werner also suffered circulation and breathing problems as a result, and has been wearing the ear plugs ever since.
Unfortunately for the youngster, that could end his chances of securing a move to the Santiago Bernabeu next month.
In fact, if the problems sustains, he might face difficulty to move to any club where the stadium is big and the crowd is lively.
However, Werner may not be too concerned about Real Madrid not wanting him as he admitted that playing for Manchester United is his dream.
"As a young boy, you always dream of the big club you’d like to play for," he said. “It used to be Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, who always won. A young boy is always a fan of those who win.
“You can’t just drop something like that. When it’s going well, you dream of playing somewhere else.”