The final game of the regular season is upon us as Real Madrid and Liverpool lock horns in the UEFA Champions League final. A replay of the 2018 final, fans can expect a lot of fireworks, especially given how the rest of the campaign has fared for both clubs.
Ahead of the mouth-watering clash, Carlo Ancelotti has announced the squad that will travel to Paris for the game. And for the first time this season, Real Madrid have the entire first-team at their disposal.
Eden Hazard returned to action earlier this month, playing 25 minutes against Cadiz in a 1-1 draw. Gareth Bale, too, is back in the squad after not playing for the team in over a month.
In midfield, the scintillating trifecta of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro will be in action, supplemented by Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, and Dani Ceballos.
This will likely be Marcelo’s final game in the white of Real Madrid, and as such, could get some minutes off the bench. All four centre-backs in David Alaba, Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez, and Jesus Vallejo travel, too.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.