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Official: Real Madrid duo start for France against Tunisia



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France have already cruised past the group stages following an impressive 4-1 and 2-1 win against Australia and Denmark, respectively. The French have shown strong signs of being more than capable of defending their 2018 crown, even after losing several key players to injury.

They still have to play one final match against Tunisia before the round of 16 kicks off. Didier Deschamps has fielded a largely rotated side, with six players playing their first 2022 World Cup game.

Of these, Eduardo Camavinga has been given a break in the team – at left-back, though. He starts alongside Madrid legend Raphael Varane, while Ibrahim Konate and Axel Disasi round off the back-four.

Steve Mandanda started for France vs Denmark in the group stages four years ago, and will hope to keep yet another clean sheet tonight, replacing Hugo Lloris in goal.

Aurelien Tchouameni has done exceedingly well in the group stages so far, and starts yet another game, partnered with Youssouf Fofana and Jordan Veretout to form a midfield trident.

Matteo Guendouzi could act as the attacking midfielder, playing behind the front-two of Randal Kolo Muani and Kingsley Coman.

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Atletico Madrid ‘approach’ Real Madrid, Arsenal midfield target over summer move



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According to AS, Atletico Madrid have made the first approach for Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga, who has also been linked heavily with a move to Real Madrid and Arsenal.

The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in Spanish football this season, having already netted nine goals in La Liga.

It has alerted a series of top-level clubs, with the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid all being linked with the youngster, who has a €40 million release clause in his contract with Celta.

Real Madrid are in the market for midfield reinforcements and have identified Jude Bellingham as their top target, but Veiga is also said to be on the agenda at the Santiago Bernabeu

However, recently, the Galician club’s president confirmed that there had been contact from clubs in England, but stated that Real Madrid had made no approach.

On top of that, a report from MARCA quoted a club source saying that they were not contemplating signing the 20-year-old.

Amidst this, it has now emerged that Atletico Madrid have made an approach towards signing Veiga from Celta Vigo in the summer transfer window.

The Rojiblancos are also in the market for new midfielders amid question marks over the futures of Saul Niguez and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

While Diego Simeone’s side have taken a first step, the report indicates that Veiga, in case of the absence of interest from Real Madrid, would prefer to join Arsenal.

So, the Colchoneros will need to put in efforts to convince the 20-year-old to choose them over a move to the Premier League club come summer if they are serious about adding the talented youngster to their roster for next season.

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