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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 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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