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Ancelotti has decided the Real Madrid starting XI for the UCL final – report



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Real Madrid will be eyeing their 15th UEFA Champions League title when they take on Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on June 1.

Heading into this much-awaited encounter, Carlo Ancelotti has been blessed with the return of defensive duo Eder Militao and Thibaut Courtois.

Both are likely to be available for selection against Borussia Dortmund at the start of next month.

One of them is likely to start in Ancelotti’s ideal starting XI in the Champions League final, as reported by MARCA.

Real Madrid’s expected XI vs Dortmund

Who will start in goal has become a talking point at Real Madrid lately, with Courtois’ return leading many to believe that he will take precedence over Andriy Lunin.

Ancelotti appears to think on the same line and will deploy Courtois in goal. The Belgian will receive support from an organised defensive line led by Antonio Rudiger.

Courtois poised to start in UCL final (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

The German international will be partnered by fellow veteran Nacho Fernandez in central defence, especially with Aurelien Tchouameni ruled out for the UCL final.

Elsewhere, Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy are expected to operate as fullbacks.

Moving into midfield, Toni Kroos is a surefire starter due to his experience and the leadership he offers to the table. His ability to control the game could also be vital for Real Madrid.

Kroos will be partnered by Eduardo Camavinga in the defensive midfield slot, while Federico Valverde will act as an attacking enforcer, looking to create chaos in the final third.

Valverde’s responsibility will be to feed attacking players such as Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo in the final third.

Both Brazilians appear almost guaranteed to start against Dortmund in the final third, with creative support from Real Madrid’s star player and former BVB starlet Jude Bellingham.

This is the first time Bellingham will be facing his former club after leaving Dortmund last summer. Given his form this season, he will be emerge as one of Real Madrid’s most important players in Wembley.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace



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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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