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20-year-old Real Madrid starlet has not travelled for Alaves clash despite being named on squad list

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Real Madrid have already arrived in Vitoria for their La Liga clash against Deportivo Alaves that will kick off at the Mendizorrotza Stadium later tonight.

The Merengues have made the trip without a host of their players, with injuries hampering Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

The defensive department has been hit hard particularly, with Eder Militao, David Alaba, Dani Carvajal, and Ferland Mendy all ruled out.

As such, with just two senior centre-backs at his disposal, manager Ancelotti had decided to take Castilla youngster Raul Asencio along with the squad for the Alaves encounter.

The 20-year-old centre-back had been training with the seniors this week and had been included in the squad list for the away game.

Raul Asencio has not travelled for Alaves clash

However, according to a fresh report from MARCA, Raul Asencio has not travelled with the Real Madrid first-team squad to Vitoria for the Alaves encounter.

The canterano was informed this morning at the Valdebebas that the club had decided that the best thing for him and the team after was that he should not travel for the match against Alaves, after the commotion that had arisen following his call-up.

Asencio is one of the four Los Blancos academy players under investigation in a case that involves recording a sexual video with a minor and spreading it to others.

Asencio is the only Castilla player involved in the matter, with the other three coming from Real Madrid C, and the club decided not to take him along to Vitoria to protect him.

Furthermore, it is worth remembering that Asencio is summoned to testify as a defendant this Friday at 10 am before the Court of Instruction number 3 of San Bartolomé de Tirajana (Canary Islands) along with two other defendants, Ferran Ruiz Martí and Juan Rodríguez Lim.

As such, it was decided that Asencio would not be travelling for the Alaves clash, which leaves Real Madrid thin in the centre-back department.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or

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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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