The second Madrid derby is upon us as Real Madrid travel to Atletico Madrid for gameweek 35 of La Liga. Real Madrid ran out 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture, with Thibaut Courtois making six saves.
The Belgian will not, however, start tomorrow, as confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti in his pre-game press conference. Lunin is set to take his spot in goal, and is joined by Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, Jesus Vallejo, Nacho Fernandez, and Ferland Mendy in defence.
Dani Ceballos picked up an injury during training and joins David Alaba, Isco, Gareth Bale, and Eden Hazard on the sidelines.
Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr are in the squad list for the game, but are not expected to be a part of the starting lineup. Comeback hero Rodrygo will be travelling as well.
For the first time in a while, it seems Carlo Ancelotti has more moving parts in the team compared to injured ones.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
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.