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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Cadiz

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Cadiz are set to host Real Madrid at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza for the penultimate gameweek of the season tonight, and have lined up like a team looking for a win despite wrapping up the title.

Andriy Lunin starts in goal instead of Thibaut Courtois, who did not make the cut for the squad list due to illness. Eder Militao retains his spot alongside Jesus Vallejo starting in the heart of the defence.

Lucas Vazquez and Nacho Fernandez, meanwhile, start as the fullbacks on the right and left respectively.

Only Federico Valverde keeps his spot in the midfield trident as Casemiro replaces Eduardo Camavinga as the defensive midfielder. Luka Modric is not on the bench either, as Toni Kroos will assume responsibility as the third midfielder.

Interestingly enough, Karim Benzema is not in the squad for this game. Mariano takes his place as the striker, while Rodrygo and Marco Asensio round off the lineup on the left and right-wing respectively.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Vazquez, Militao, Vallejo, Nacho; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Mariano, Rodrygo

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PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025

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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.

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