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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Valencia



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With Barcelona having won the league, Real Madrid will want to cement second place in La Liga. They have four games remaining to accomplish their goal, with a trip to Valencia scheduled for tomorrow.

Thibaut Courtois was doubtful for the game after it emerged that he had played with an injury against Manchester City. But he has been given the medical all-clear and is included in the squad list.

Forwards Mariano Diaz and Eden Hazard miss out on the travelling team, with the latter dealing with an ankle issue. But manager Carlo Ancelotti has the entirety of the defence fit and gunning, including Ferland Mendy and David Alaba

With Valencia in 15th place, Ancelotti could look to give minutes to some of his non-regular players, such as Nacho, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Lucas Vazquez tomorrow.

Karim Benzema will be aiming to bounce back strongly after a disappointing game against Manchester City as he battles Robert Lewandowski for the Pichichi Trophy.

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Real Madrid youngster impresses Ancelotti, Kroos, and Messi in training – report



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Real Madrid have a host of talent coming through their youth setup, with the likes of Sergio Arribas, Vinicius Tobias, and Nico Paz impressing the club through their performances with Real Madrid Castilla.

Paz, especially, has been touted as one of the biggest talents coming through the Madrid academy. He is considered ‘the’ talent from the youth setup, with a lot of expectations around him.

A midfielder by trade, Paz has seemingly impressed two of the biggest names in world football, according to MARCA.

One of them is Toni Kroos, who has watched Paz closely during training with the senior team. The German complimented him, as well, saying, “This boy should train with us every day because he is terrific.”

He has also seemingly created an impression on none other than Lionel Messi, while the two were training with Argentina together.

Carlo Ancelotti has also joined the praise parade for Paz, “He has projections to play in the first team. He is doing very well with Arbeloa and the times he was used by Raúl he has also done very well at Castilla.”

Paz has already been included in the squad list for two games so far this season, and will continue to train with Real Madrid’s senior squad. He is also expected to be a part of los blancos’ pre-season tour, after which he could get minutes next season.

Real Madrid have renewed the Argentine’s contract up until 2027, as they wanted to lock him down quickly for the long-term. There, is however, a chance he could leave Madrid on lock next season to get minutes with a senior division side.

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