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Key Real Madrid duo likely to be available for Copa del Rey final against Osasuna



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Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Real Sociedad this midweek meant Barcelona are just one win away from securing the league title for the first time since 2019.

But the Spanish giants will eye for a bigger fish on Saturday when they take on CA Osasuna in the final of the Copa del Rey – a trophy that has historically eluded the club in the past.

The Athletic’s Mario Cortegana has provided a team news update for Real Madrid heading into the game, suggesting David Alaba could be available for the final.

The Austrian international has endured a difficult season so far, marred by injuries. He has been out of action since the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Chelsea, when he was subbed off at half-time.

Even though he returned to training on Monday, Alaba was not involved in the squad against Real Sociedad in midweek. But as per Cortegana, the defender has trained well with the team and is ready to feature in the final against Osasuna.

Another player who has struggled with fitness in recent weeks is Luka Modric. The Croatian international suffered a hamstring injury against Girona and missed the subsequent matches against Almeria and Real Sociedad.

Even though he did part of the team training on Wednesday, Modric’s involvement against Osasuna was a doubt. But the Spanish journalist claims the veteran has trained well today and should make it for the final.

This could serve as a major boost for Real Madrid as they look to secure the Spanish Cup for the first time since 2014. Both Modric and Alaba are crucial elements in Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team setup, so their presence could give the Spanish giants an upper hand.

In other news, Ferland Mendy is working on the pitch, trying to get back into gear as soon as possible. But the left-back has yet to touch the ball, meaning he is most likely to be ruled out for the final.

Mendy, though, could be available for Real Madrid during the final few league matches of the season, but amid uncertainties over his future, it remains to be seen whether or not the Frenchman will see any action.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future




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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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