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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Cadiz

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With Real Madrid set to lock horns with Cadiz in a little while, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting lineup that will be taking the field today at the Santiago Bernabeu.

As was confirmed by the Italian earlier in the week, Thibaut Courtois makes his first appearance of the season, having recovered from two knee injuries.

The Belgian replaces Andriy Lunin in goal and will be shielded by the pairing of Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez. Dani Carvajal and Fran Garcia slot in as the two full-backs.

Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos has received another rare starting opportunity in midfield, where he will be partnered by Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga.

The likes of Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde, and Aurelien Tchouameni have been rested by the manager.

Up top, Brahim Diaz starts for Real Madrid, partnering centre-forward Joselu, and Arda Guler, who makes his first-ever start at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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