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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Barcelona

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Real Madrid will be raring to get back to winning ways when they take on bitter rivals Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-finals on Thursday.

Having been held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid in La Liga last time out, Los Blancos will be eager to bounce back strongly against Xavi’s side at the Bernabeu.

And ahead of the match-up, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the list of Real Madrid players that will be available for selection for the contest against Barcelona.

The big news is that Brazilian forward Rodrygo Goes has recovered from his gluteus muscle issue and is back in the squad for the match, after having missed the derby. The 22-year-old only returned to training earlier today and might not be in line to start, however.

Alvaro Rodriguez, who is the talk of the town after his equalising goal against Atletico Madrid, is also a part of the Real Madrid squad list for the Barça clash.

However, Los Blancos once again remain without first-choice left-back Ferland Mendy, who is still recovering from an injury. Fellow defender David Alaba also misses out after being sidelined with an injury last week.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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