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Official: Real Madrid lineup against Rayo Vallecano



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With Real Madrid set to take on Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu in a couple of hours, manager Carlo Ancelotti has unveiled the starting lineup that will be stepping onto the pitch.

The man dominating the headlines in football, Vinicius Jr, does not make the cut unsurprisingly despite having his red card rescinded, as he is dealing with a knee issue.

In his place, Federico Valverde gets moved to the attacking unit, with the Uruguayan starting on the right flank while Rodrygo Goes slots in on the left. Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema spearheads the attack.

There are big changes in midfield as well, as Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Eduardo Camavinga all return to the team after being benched for the match against Valencia. The German ace starts as the defensive midfielder.

In defence, Dani Carvajal and David Alaba come in for Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy in the full-back positions while Nacho replaces Eder Militao as Antonio Rudiger’s partner. Thibaut Courtois lines up in goal.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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