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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Athletic Club

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It’s the final match of the season, and Real Madrid are playing hosts to Athletic Club at the Santiago Bernabeu in the hopes of cementing second place in La Liga over Atletico Madrid. Their rivals for today, meanwhile, are hoping to finish in European spots.

It’s the final game for multiple players at Madrid, with Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz, and Karim Benzema all set to leave the club once the season officially calls curtains.

Benzema is the only one of the quadrant granted with a starting spot today as he spearheads the team for the last time in Madrid colours. He is joined by Brazilian excellence on the wings, with Vinicius Jr on the left and Rodrygo on the right.

In midfield, Dani Ceballos has been given the nod over Luka Modric and Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga as the defensive midfielder. Toni Kroos rounds off the centre of the park, playing as the other advanced 8.

Daniel Carvajal starts as the right-back, while Nacho takes over the reins on the left side over Ferland Mendy. Antonio Rudiger is one of the starters in central defence, paired up with Eder Militao.

Thibaut Courtois has been handed the gloves for the final game.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Kroos, Camavinga, Ceballos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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