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France ‘very optimistic’ about Real Madrid star’s availability for the World Cup final

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France will be taking on Argentina in the finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup final at the Lusail Stadium in a little over 24 hours. Les Bleus will be aiming to become the first nation to retain the World Cup trophy in sixty years, repeating the feat Brazil had achieved in 1962.

Heading into the game, however, Didier Deschamps’ side have been dealing with some fitness concerns as some members of the squad have been hit by a bug while a couple of players are dealing with knocks.

One such star who is currently recovering from an injury issue is midfield mainstay Aurelien Tchouameni. The Real Madrid new boy missed training on Friday due to a hip bruise leading to question marks over his involvement in the main event on Sunday.

However, according to RMC Sport (h/t Madrid Xtra), France are ‘very optimistic’ that Tchouameni will recover in time for the final against Argentina and will be available for selection for the contest.

The 22-year-old has become a key figure in the French national team setup over the past year. His importance has only grown at the World Cup due to the absence of crucial stars like N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.

Tchouameni has featured in all six matches for France at the World Cup thus far, churning out solid displays one after the other in the centre of the park. He also scored a goal in the quarter-final victory against England.

With Adrien Rabiot also only recovering from the bug that caused him to miss the semi-final versus Morocco, it becomes even more important for France that Tchouameni is fit and available for selection on Sunday.

And, as per the report, Les Bleus are confident that they will recover the Real Madrid ace in time for the meeting against Argentina.

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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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