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Injury update: Veteran right-back expected to start for Real Madrid vs Valencia

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Real Madrid ceded the advantage to FC Barcelona in La Liga title race after dropping points against Villarreal. But they will be looking to bounce back as they travel to Saudi Arabia for the Spanish Super Cup.

The reigning Spanish champions are slated to face Valencia this midweek. Heading into this contest, the club have already confirmed the absence of David Alaba from the teamsheet, which may alter Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, especially in the defensive department.

However, while Ancelotti may miss out on the services of a reliable Alaba, the Real Madrid boss has been handed a potential boost ahead of the Valencia clash, as Dani Carvajal appears to be in contention to start this midweek.

This has been reported by Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), who suggests the right-back has overcome his problem and could feature against Valencia in the Super Cup.

Regarded as the undisputed first-choice right-back at Real Madrid, Carvajal had missed out on the Villarreal clash due to muscle discomfort. But he might return to the pitch just in time for Real Madrid’s clash in the Spanish Super Cup.

Carvajal, in fact, was the significant inclusion in Real Madrid’s official squad for the game. It will not come as a surprise to see him starting either, as Ancelotti looks for a more natural option at right-back than Eder Militao, who had started against Villarreal.

With Carvajal back and Alaba injured, we might see Militao partnering Antonio Rudiger in central defence, although veteran centre-back Nacho Fernandez is also in contention to start in this Super Cup affair.

As for the fullback slots, Carvajal could start on the right, with Ferland Mendy retaining his place on the opposite flank.

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Turkish giants to go all-out to sign Real Madrid outcast – report

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There is no way back for Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. The Belgian international has not given the management any reason to have faith in his abilities over his past four seasons at the club and is unsurprisingly the most important departure for the Merengues in the summer.

Hazard has one more year on his contract in Madrid. However, it is clear that Carlo Ancelotti does not trust him and that any potential replacement manager in the summer will echo his stance.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Fenerbahce are willing to go all out to sign Hazard this summer. The Turkish side have made the former Chelsea their prime target, yet face a steep task ahead of them.

The 32-year-old is hellbent on seeing out his contract with Los Blancos despite seeing his career sink right before his eyes. It thus becomes complicated for the party to lure away the forward, especially in a competition outside Europe’s top five leagues.

Fenerbahce attempted to sign the winger in the recently concluded winter transfer market. They reached an agreement with Real Madrid but failed to get over the line as they could not convince the player of the move.

The biggest obstacle for the Turkish side will be convincing Hazard to make the move by letting go of his lucrative contract in Madrid. The chances are slim, but not impossible.

Hazard has made just three league appearances and one start for Ancelotti’s side this season in La Liga, a steep fall from last season’s 18 and seven respectively.

His last appearance for the team came back in January when Real Madrid faced Cacereno in the Copa del Rey. In La Liga however, he last played in September 2022 in a 4-1 win over Mallorca.

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