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 These start with the goalkeeper, where Thibaut Courtois has been replaced by Andriy Lunin.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
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.