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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Cadiz

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With Real Madrid set to play their final La Liga game before the World Cup break against Cadiz, on Tuesday, Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for the encounter.

As confirmed by the manager during his presser, Karim Benzema remains unavailable for selection as he continues to struggle with muscle fatigue.

Along with the French superstar, Los Blancos will also be without defender Antonio Rudiger, who is also recovering from an injury.

There is some good news for Real Madrid as Toni Kroos is back available after missing the last game due to suspension and has been included in the squad by Ancelotti.

Apart from that, it is the usual fair as far as the rest of the squad considered, with Ancelotti not calling up youngster Iker Bravo once again even though he is a striker short due to Benzema’s absence.

Having lost their previous game 3-2 against Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid will be gunning to return to winning ways against Cadiz.

The onus will again be upon Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio, who has been in good touch of late, to deliver the goods in the final third. Kroos’ availability should help the team exert a greater influence on the pitch though.

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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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