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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Athletic Club

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Real Madrid will be hoping to collect three points when they take on Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Club at San Mames on Sunday night in La Liga.

Coming on the back of some poor displays, it is important that Los Blancos correct their course at the earliest possible and ensure that they do not fall well behind Barcelona in the title race, considering that the Catalans already have a three-point advantage.

Ahead of the trip to the Basque country, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the squad list that will be facing Athletic Club tomorrow.

Unsurprisingly, veteran midfielder Luka Modric is back on the roster after being rested for the midweek Copa del Rey clash against Villarreal.

Meanwhile, as many as five players miss out with injuries as Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, David Alaba, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eden Hazard are not part of the travelling squad. The latter picked up an ankle injury in training earlier this week and is ruled out as a result.

Furthermore, Ancelotti has not called up Castilla starlet Vinicius Tobias despite the absence of a natural right-back in the squad apart from the out-of-favour Alvaro Odriozola. It leaves Nacho as the likeliest option to start at right-back against Athletic Club.

Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos will be hoping to earn starting berths after making an impact coming off the bench in the cup tie.

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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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