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Official: Real Madrid squad list for Champions League semifinal against Manchester City

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Following their incredible comeback victory against Chelsea in the quarterfinals, Real Madrid now gear up for another stern test, facing another Premier League giant in Manchester City.

Carlo Ancelotti’s 20-man squad for the trip to the Etihad Stadium has been officially announced.

Jesus Vallejo returns to the list in defence, alongside Nacho, Eder Militao and David Alaba. The latter two will be expected to marshal the backline in the crunch tie.

After deputising at left-back against Osasuna, Nacho could be rotated for Ferland Mendy or Marcelo, who are once again named in the squad, with Dani Carvajal on the right.

Isco is included in the midfield, alongside Dani Ceballos, Lucas Vazquez and Eduardo Camavinga, with the usual suspects Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric and Fede Valverde.

In attack, Gareth Bale gets the call-up after being left out against Osasuna, while Marco Asensio keeps his place after a goal at the weekend. Rodrygo is named once again as a result of his white-hot form both as a starter and especially coming off the bench.

Madrid’s two attacking talismans Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. round off the list. They will be crucial in breaking down a strong City side.

FULL LIST:

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Fuidias
Defenders: Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Marcelo, F. Mendy
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Vazquez, Dani Ceballos, Isco, Camavinga
Forwards: Benzema, Asensio, Bale, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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