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Official: FIFA Club World Cup to be played from February 1 to 11 in Morocco

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Speaking at the press conference ahead of the FIFA World Cup final, the governing body’s president, Gianni Infantino, has confirmed the dates and location for the FIFA Club World Cup.

The tournament that sees winners of continental tournaments across the six FIFA confederations and a representative from the host country, is usually held in December but has been delayed for a second season in a row.

Real Madrid are involved in the tournament by virtue of their UEFA Champions League triumph last season. But there had not been any clear updates regarding the dates and venue for the tournament, although it had been reported that the event could be held in the UAE.

But it has now been officially confirmed that the FIFA Club World Cup will be held in Morocco from February 1 to 11.

So far Real Madrid have confirmed as participants in the tournament along with Brazilian giants Flamengo, who won the Copa Libertadores, while Seattle Sounders (CONCACAF), Auckland City (Oceania) and Wydad Casablanca (Africa) have also qualified.

Two other participants are yet to be confirmed, one of whom will be the winners of the Asian Champions League.

Infantini also confirmed plans to hold a 32-team FIFA Club World Cup starting from 2025.

The last time the FIFA Club World Cup was held in Morocco, Real Madrid had come out on top in the tournament. And Carlo Ancelotti & co. will be hoping to repeat that feat again in February next year.

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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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