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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund

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With less than three hours left before Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League, the Merengues have announced their starting lineup for the match.

There are absolutely no surprises in the team as Thibaut Courtois starts in goal as was confirmed by manager Carlo Ancelotti during his press conference.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho Fernandez, and Ferland Mendy make up the backline for the record European champions.

With no Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga takes the spot of the holding midfielder while Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos, in his last match for Real Madrid, feature as the interior midfielders.

Jude Bellingham gets the nod as the attacking midfielder against his former club Borussia Dortmund. The England ace will play behind the forward duo of Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo.

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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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