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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup against Villarreal

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Real Madrid gear up to take on Villarreal in their penultimate La Liga game of the season at Estadio de la Ceramica in under two hours.

With the title already in the bag, these games are being used as preparations for the finals of the UEFA Champions League where Los Blancos face Borussia Dortmund on June 1, at Wembley in London.

Ahead of kickoff against the Yellow Submarines, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting XI for the clash.

Andriy Lunin starts in goal as was confirmed by the manager during his press conference on Saturday.

Dani Carvajal is not risked following a minor knock in training, with Lucas Vazquez filling in at right-back. Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger start as the centre-backs while Fran Garcia gets the nod at left-back.

Luka Modric starts in the middle of the park for the visitors, where he is partnered by Federico Valverde, and Dani Ceballos, who gets a rare starting opportunity.

Moving ahead, Arda Guler gets another chance to impress as he partners up with Joselu and Brahim Diaz in Real Madrid’s attacking unit.

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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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