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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Espanyol

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It’s title-decider day in the heart of the Spanish capital as Real Madrid gear up to host Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu. A draw could guarantee their place as the champions of La Liga for the 2022/23 season.

Ahead of the clash, Carlo Ancelotti has chosen a 21-man squad list who will likely feature on the pitch before any celebrations can commence.

This includes just five defenders in the form of Daniel Carvajal, Marcelo, Jesus Vallejo, Ferland Mendy, and Castilla centre-back Mario Gila. Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez are suspended, while David Alaba is injured, effectively leaving Ancelotti with one senior CB.

He does have plenty of players back in his midfield roster, though. Casemiro missed the Manchester City clash due to injury, but is expected to start tomorrow.

In attack, Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic are still injured, and, thus, do not make the final list. Mariano Diaz features alongside Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo.

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”

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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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