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Official: Real Madrid squad against Osasuna announced

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Star forward Karim Benzema is all set to mark his return for the Osasuna clash after being named in the 22-man squad for matchday 7.

The club captain, who missed more than three weeks of action after sustaining an injury against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League, will hope to appear right from the start, although it is expected that Carlo Ancelotti will ease him into it.

Meanwhile, makeshift wing-back Lucas Vazquez continues to miss out, meaning that Dani Carvajal will once again start for the team. On the other hand, veteran midfielder Luka Modric remains the most notable absentee.

The 37-year-old suffered a hip injury while being away on international duty for Croatia. While he did play full minutes of his team’s 3-1 win over Austria, he returned to club duties with a muscle problem at the height of the hip.

The good thing, however, remains the fact that he will be available for selection during the first El Clasico of the season.

Hence, with Modric out, the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde will compete for the remaining spot. 

On the other hand, if Benzema does start from the bench, Valverde might be pushed to the attacking role once again, leaving Camavinga the most obvious choice for the midfield.

Real Madrid squad for Osasuna clash

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Canizares

Midfielders: Kroos, Camavinga, Valverde, Tchouameni, Cabellos

Defenders: Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rudiger, Mendy

Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Mariano

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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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