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Official: Real Madrid announce squad list for Villarreal clash

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Real Madrid will play their penultimate fixture of the 2023/24 La Liga season this Sunday when they face Villarreal away at Estadio de la Ceramica.

It will be a good way for Los Blancos to prepare themselves for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund which will take place in two weeks.

As such, it will be interesting to see whether Carlo Ancelotti opts to field his strongest side or rotates his troops for tomorrow’s clash against the Yellow Submarine, with the squad list now being announced.

Two players – David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni – miss out through injuries, although there is hope that the latter could recover in time for the UCL final.

Young midfielder Mario Martin gets a call-up to the senior setup in Tchouameni’s absence to provide cover in the defensive midfield position.

There are no other surprise call-ups nor is there any other player absent from the squad.

Ancelotti has already revealed one of his starters against Villarreal, with Andriy Lunin set to get the nod in goal ahead of Thibaut Courtois.

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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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