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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Villarreal

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As Real Madrid look to eke past Barcelona in the La Liga title race, their next challenge takes them to Estadio de la Ceramica where the reigning champions will lock horns with Villarreal.

Ahead of the trip to El Madrigal, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list that will be travelling for the game on Saturday afternoon.

The big news for Real Madrid ahead of the match against Villarreal is that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who missed the midweek Copa del Rey match against Cacereno with a knock, is back in the squad.

Also returning to the fold are Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr, Luka Modric and David Alaba, all of whom were rested for the midweek clash.

However, Dani Carvajal, who is nursing a muscle overload, does not make the cut after not training today. Fellow right-back Alvaro Odriozola also misses out for Los Blancos after sustaining an injury against Cacereno.

Striker Mariano Diaz is the other absentee for Real Madrid as he continues to recover from an ankle sprain.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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