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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 plan to hold talks with Chelsea over €60 million-rated German international



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Kai Havertz has emerged as the latest target for Real Madrid as they look to beef up the attacking unit ahead of the new season.

The club are bracing themselves for the loss of Marco Asensio, who is reportedly closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Even Dani Ceballos is facing an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu, though the club are making a last-gasp effort to keep hold of the midfielder.

In order to mitigate the losses, Real Madrid are planning to bring in a new attacker, with Havertz emerging as a potential candidate.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid’s plan is to hold talks with Chelsea in the next few weeks, over the possibility of Havertz’s move to the Bernabeu.

The Premier League giants seek good money for the German international, but do not consider him ‘untouchable’. The player, after all, has endured a difficult season, where his productivity has been questioned.

The former Bayer Leverkusen starlet has netted seven goals in the Premier League this past season, but the number could have easily breached the 15 mark if the forward had successfully converted most of his chances.

Chelsea, therefore, are ready to offload the German ahead of the new season. The Blues had signed the young playmaker in the summer of 2020, for an astounding €80 million. But the move has not paid off at all, with the player scoring just 32 goals in 139 appearances.

Chelsea are now keen on recouping some of that investment by asking big money for Havertz this summer. Real Madrid, for their part, are not exactly clear how much they should spend on the German, but they appear ready to take the gamble on the player.

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