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Official: Manchester City starting lineup against Real Madrid

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Manchester City are ready to take on the record-champions of the UEFA Champions League Real Madrid at the fortress Santiago Bernabeu. They lead 4-3 on aggregate but the tie is far from done, especially after the La Liga win Madrid are surfing on.

Kyle Walker returns to the starting lineup, replacing John Stones from the first leg, and starts as the right-back. Joao Cancelo, too, starts after serving his suspension. Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias form the centre-back duo with Ederson in goal.

Things are unchanged in midfield for Pep Guardiola, who has resorted to Kevin de Bruyne as the left central midfielder. Bernardo Silva continues on the right side of the trident, with Rodri anchoring as the defensive midfielder.

Gabriel Jesus will hope to continue his impeccable form as he starts as the striker, flanked by Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden on the right and left-wing respectively.

Confirmed Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Bernardo, Rodri, de Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden

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Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender

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With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.

A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.

While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.

Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez

Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.

The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.

As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.

So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.

Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.

Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.

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