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Official: Real Madrid squad list for Spanish Super Cup

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After dropping points against Villarreal in the league and conceding the top spot, Real Madrid will want to win their first trophy of the season as they travel to Saudi Arabia for the Spanish Super Cup.

They have been pitted against Valencia for the semi-finals of the competition, and will face the winner of Barcelona vs Real Betis if they qualify for the finals.

Carlo Ancelotti has called up 23 players for the tournament, with David Alaba being the big exception. The Austrian defender has been diagnosed with an injury to the soleus on his right calf.

Rest of the backline is fit, including Alvaro Odriozola and Jesus Vallejo.

Aurelien Tchouameni has been dropped for this competition after picking up a calf injury, too, but it’ll give him some well-deserved rest. The Frenchman has been seen minutes regularly, even after the World Cup, and is nowhere near his usual sharpness.

Castilla central midfielder Mario Martin has been given a chance to travel with the seniors, replacing the Frenchman.

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Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role

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At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.

Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.

While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.

Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.

However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.

Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity

Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.

Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.

And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.

Lunin in the driving seat

Making a big impression. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.

In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.

It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.

As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.

As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.

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