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Ancelotti expected to have full Real Madrid squad at his disposal on December 28 – report

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At the start of the FIFA World Cup 2022 last month, Real Madrid had as many as 13 players travel to Qatar. And with the final set to be played in less than a week Los Blancos have two more players left active in the tournament.

Indeed, with Luka Modric’s Croatia losing to Argentina in the semi-finals last night, France duo Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga are the only two Real Madrid players alive at the World Cup.

As for the Los Blancos’ stars eliminated, they are slowly expected to rejoin training with the group that was not involved in the World Cup over the coming days as they gear up for the resumption of the season.

Real Madrid will restart the defence of their La Liga title on December 30 with an away tie at Estadio Jose Zorrilla where they will come up against Real Valladolid.

And, journalist Arancha Rodriguez (h/t RM4Arab), has revealed the dates on which the World Cup returnees are likely to rejoin training with the rest of the Real Madrid squad.

As per the update, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Antonio Rudiger and Federico Valverde, all of whom were eliminated at the group stages itself, are expected to return to training this Saturday (December 17).

Meanwhile, the Spanish duo of Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio, who crashed out at the Round of 16 against Morocco, will be back training with the squad next Tuesday (December 20).

Meanwhile, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militao, who were quarter-finalists with Brazil, are expected back on December 26.

The last to arrive will be Modric, Camavinga, and Tchouameni, who are penned in for a return on December 28, just two days before Real Madrid play Valladolid.

Karim Benzema, who continues to remain on France’s squad list, has already resumed training after returning to the club due to a thigh injury he picked up last month. But, if Didier Deschamps wants, the striker could be recalled to Qatar for the finals should France qualify.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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