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Official: Real Madrid lineup against Real Valladolid

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Real Madrid will resume the defence of their La Liga title tonight after the FIFA World Cup break when they take on Real Valladolid at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla.

Two points shy of leaders Barcelona, Carlo Ancelotti’s side cannot afford to slip up anymore and let the gap widen at the top. With the game set to kick off in a little while, the manager has officially announced the Real Madrid lineup that will be taking the field.

Unsurprisingly, Thibaut Courtois starts in goal having been back in training for a while following Belgium’s group-stage exit from the World Cup.

The defensive lineup sees Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy take up the full-back positions on the right and left sides, respectively. Meanwhile, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger slot in as the centre-halves for the Merengues.

The midfield department is where Ancelotti has made some notable changes as Dani Ceballos gets a rare start alongside Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga are not risked following their late return from the World Cup.

The big news, however, is that club captain Karim Benzema is fully fit again and spearheads the attack for Real Madrid against Valladolid. The Frenchman is supported by Marco Asensio and Vinicius Jr in attack, with Eden Hazard and Rodrygo options from the bench.

UPDATE: Eder Militao was named in the lineup initially, but has been withdrawn from the team, with David Alaba replacing him. The Brazilian has stayed back in the team hotel due to an illness, confirms the club’s official website.

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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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