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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Chelsea

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Real Madrid will be hoping to emerge with a crucial advantage from the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Coming into the game on the back of a 2-3 defeat to Villarreal, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe will be gunning to bounce back strongly and hope to capitalise on the instability surrounding Chelsea.

With the game set to kick off in a few hours, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has named the starting XI that will be facing Frank Lampard’s team.

The Merengues’ boss has reverted to the lineup that started in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Barcelona last week, which they had won 4-0 at Camp Nou.

It means that Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde, Eder Militao, and Dani Carvajal all return to the starting XI after being benched in the game against Villarreal in midweek. Dani Ceballos, Aurelien Tchouameni, Marco Asensio, Antonio Rudiger and Lucas Vazquez drop out.

David Alaba partners Militao in defence while Eduardo Camavinga slots in at left-back. Meanwhile, Rodrygo Goes, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr form the frontline for the home team against Chelsea.

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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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