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Official: Real Madrid squad list against Villarreal

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Real Madrid beat fourth division side CP Cacereno in the Copa del Rey round of 32 last fortnight, but were not lucky in the round of 16 draw. They have been pitted against Villarreal, who beat them 2-1 on 7th January.

The Copa game is essentially a replay of the same, with the clash taking place at the Estadio la Ceramica. Weighing up the difficulty of the fixture, Carlo Ancelotti has called up his best team for the clash.

The Italian gaffer confirmed that Thibaut Courtois was going to start tomorrow despite their inclusion of Andriy Lunin, who has been given the responsibility in cup games generally.

David Alaba is still injured, and will not be travelling with the team to Eastern Spain. The same goes for Aurelien Tchouameni, who was not a part of the Spanish Super Cup either.

Their presence has been replaced by Castilla players in the form of Vinicius Tobias and Mario Martin, respectively.

At 37, Luka Modric needs regular rest to play at his best level. Consequently, he has been dropped from this game, with Ancelotti keeping an eye out at the Athletic Club clash on the weekend.

Eden Hazard and Mariano Diaz have received call-ups, but are not expected to start. We could, however, see one or both of them brought on in the second half.

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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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