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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Villarreal



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Real Madrid will look to close the gap to the top of the table in La Liga to nine points when they host Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Real Madrid currently trail leaders Barcelona by 12 points but can put some pressure on their rivals, who face Girona on Monday, with a victory over Quique Setien’s side.

On the eve of the match, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list that will be available at his disposal on Saturday.

There are no major surprises from the Italian tactician, with the usual suspencts being included on the list.

Notably, Rodrygo Goes has been named in the squad, despite rumours doing the rounds that he could be rested due to knee discomfort.

Ferland Mendy, thus, remains the only absentee for Real Madrid through injury. Meanwhile, young Castilla striker Alvaro Rodriguez has not been called up again by Ancelotti.

There will likely be changes made to the lineup that started against Barcelona in midweek, especially keeping in mind the upcoming game against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League.

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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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