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Official: Real Madrid lineup against RCD Espanyol

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Real Madrid will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways after three games without a victory when they take on RCD Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu later today.

Ahead of the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the starting XI that will be taking the field at the Bernabeu against the Catalan outfit.

As had been confirmed by the Italian tactician during his presser, Rodrygo Goes starts as the centre-forward in the absence of Karim Benzema. He is flanked by Federico Valverde and Vinicius Jr out on the wings.

In the middle of the park, Aurelien Tchouameni occupies the No. 6 slot as usual. He will have the support of veteran duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, with the former returning after missing the last game due to suspension.

As for the defence, Dani Carvajal slots in at right-back while Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez start as the centre-backs. Eduardo Camavinga gets the nod at left-back with Thibaut Courtois manning the goal.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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