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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid

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It has been a week to remember for Real Madrid, who not only sealed their 35th La Liga title last weekend with a thrilling 4-0 win over Espanyol, but have also booked a berth in the finals of the 2021/22 Champions League finals.

After an enthralling 120 minutes against Manchester City, though, Carlo Ancelotti has been forced to make some changes in the starting lineup against Atletico Madrid. These start with the goalkeeper, where Thibaut Courtois has been replaced by Andriy Lunin.

He has a backline of four defenders screening him, with Nacho Fernandez starting at left-back. Eder Militao and Jesus Vallejo man the centre-back slots, while Lucas Vazquez takes over the right-back slot.

In midfield Luka Modric has been rested to give way for Eduardo Camavinga. The Frenchman was superb against Manchester City, and should be one of the difference makers tonight. Casemiro and Toni Kroos round off the midfield trident.

There are three changes in the attack as well. Karim Benzema does not start, with Ancelotti choosing Mariano as the number 9 tonight. Super-sub in midweek, Rodrygo, starts on the left, with Marco Asensio as the right-winger.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Vallejo, Nacho; Camavinga, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Mariano, Rodrygo

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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