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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Celta Vigo



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Real Madrid are in high spirits after qualifying for yet another Champions League semi-finals after winning 4-0 against Chelsea on aggregate. Los Blancos will now turn their attention back to the league, where they sit 11 points adrift of Barcelona in second place.

The onus is on them tomorrow as they host Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu in Gameweek 30. Real Madrid’s squad list for the fixture has also been announced.

David Alaba picked up a hamstring injury in the first half against Chelsea and will not be a part of the hosts’ lineup tomorrow. He will likely be replaced by Antonio Rudiger in central defence.

Ferland Mendy is the only other player missing. The Frenchman has only played 15 games this season due to recurring injuries, and will likely be out until early May. Eduardo Camavinga and Nacho will continue to cover for him in that role with Alaba also out.

Karim Benzema was uncomfortable vs Chelsea after being stomped on during the game. He was substituted off against his wishes, but has been given the green light to participate vs Celta.

Vinicius Jr and Toni Kroos, too, had suffered from muscle problems in the last fortnight and could be rotated tomorrow despite being a part of the squad.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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