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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Barcelona

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Real Madrid have made their way to the Camp Nou tonight to take on Barcelona in a game that could put La Liga’s title race to bed. In one scenario, the Catalans could cement their place on top of the table, going 12 points clear, and in another, Madrid could cut their league down to six.

Carlo Ancelotti has chosen his best possible team available, with Thibaut Courtois starting in goal for the capital outfit.

The Belgian will be guarded by a back-four, with Nacho manning the left-back position. On the other side, Daniel Carvajal takes charge. Between these two Spaniard, Madrid will are starring Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger in central defence.

Eduardo Camavinga has received the nod over Aurelien Tchouameni once again, while Luka Modric and Toni Kroos flank the midfield from the right and, respectively.

Rodrygo starts from the bench, with Federico Valverde chosen at right-back. Vinicius Jr unsurprisingly continues on the left, while Karim Benzema starts as the striker amidst injury trouble.

Vinicius · Benzema · Valverde
Kroos · Camavinga · Modric
Nacho · Rudiger · Militao · Carvajal
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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season

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Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.

Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.

According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.

Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.

After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.

Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.

The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.

However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.

Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.

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