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Official: Chelsea squad list to face Real Madrid | UEFA Champions League
With Real Madrid set to face Chelsea in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final at the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow night, the Blues have released the list of players that will be travelling to the Spanish capital.
The good news for Chelsea is that Mason Mount, who had suffered a recurrence of the pelvic injury and missed the Wolves game this past weekend, is fit and on the list of players flying to Madrid.
Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante, who was also rested for the Premier League match last time out, is also fit and is on the squad list. If all goes well, the Frenchman could be in line to make his first appearance in the Champions League this season.
Veteran defender Thiago Silva, who has been out of action since mid-February due to a knee injury, returned to training on Monday and has flown to Madrid as well.
The same holds true for captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who too has recovered from an injury and is in the squad for the match against Real Madrid.
Chelsea’s 24-man squad list for Real Madrid clash:
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli, Edouard Mendy
Defenders: Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana
Midfielders: Enzo Fernandez, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Denis Zakaria, Hakim Ziyech, Conor Gallagher
Forwards: Christian Pulisic, Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz.
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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million
Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.
Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.
The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.
According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.
The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.
Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.
The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.
Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.