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.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.