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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Getafe

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Real Madrid will lock horns with local rivals Getafe in La Liga in a few hours as they look to move back to the top of the table.

Having dropped points against Osasuna last weekend, Los Blancos will be aware that they cannot afford another slip-up ahead of the first El Clasico of the season next weekend.

Keeping that in mind, Carlo Ancelotti has named a strong starting lineup for the clash that will take place at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

With Thibaut Courtois unavailable, Andriy Lunin starts in goal as expected. There is one change in defence as Antonio Rudiger comes into the side at the expense of Ferland Mendy.

The German international is likely to partner Eder Militao at the heart of the defence while David Alaba lines up at left-back. Dani Carvajal is retained at right-back ahead of Lucas Vazquez.

Luka Modric returns to the starting XI after missing the last league game against Osasuna with an injury. The Croatian international captains Real Madrid in the absence of Karim Benzema, who is rested. Toni Kroos makes way for the veteran midfielder.

Aurelien Tchouameni is retained at the base of the midfield by Ancelotti while Eduardo Camavinga also gets the nod in the middle of the park.

It frees up Federico Valverde to line up on the right flank while Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr make up the rest of the Real Madrid attack.

Real Madrid Starting XI: Lunin, Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba, Modric, Tchouameni, Camavinga, Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius.

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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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