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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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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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