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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Granada | La Liga

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Real Madrid will lock horns with relegation-battlers Granada in a couple of hours at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Merengues will be eager to move back to the top of the La Liga standings after slipping down to second place following Girona’s win over Valencia earlier today.

Ahead of the must-win game for Real Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the starting XI that will be taking the field at the Bernabeu.

As was confirmed by Ancelotti yesterday, he has stuck with Andriy Lunin in goal despite having Kepa Arrizabalaga back at his disposal.

Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy line up as the two full-backs on the right and left sides, respectively, flanking the centre-back pairing of Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba.

Toni Kroos continues as the pivot midfielder in the absence of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga. The German icon is partnered by Federico Valverde and Jude Bellingham in midfield, with Ancelotti opting to switch things up to three players in the centre.

Joselu gets the nod at centre-forward, flanked by Brahim Diaz and Rodrygo Goes on the flanks.

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Real Madrid captain drops future hint – ‘Sometimes circumstances aren’t right to be a one-club man’

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Real Madrid are just days away from their highly anticipated Champions League final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Once the final has been played, planning for the summer transfer window will be in full swing, with the topic of arrivals and departures likely to be discussed.

One of the players facing an uncertain future is Nacho Fernandez. The Real Madrid captain has yet to disclose his future ambitions, despite nearing the end of his contract.

Nacho opens up about future

While he previously claimed that he had already made his decision, a shift in tone can be observed now, with Nacho asserting that he will soon sit with the club and his family to evaluate the best course of action

For now, the 34-year-old remains focused on the Champions League final and does not wish to draw any unnecessary attention.

“Future? The focus is on the final now. After that, I will sit with the club, Ancelotti and my family and I’ll decide what’s the best thing for me,” he told El Chiringuito.

On his way out? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Fernandez acknowledges the fans’ support

Additionally, the veteran centre-back claimed that he does need a grand farewell to know how much the Madrid faithful appreciate him.

“That love the fans have for Toni is the same they have for me. I don’t need a farewell to know the fans love me,” he reflected.

Nacho has devoted his entire career to Real Madrid, rising through the ranks from the youth academy and spending over two decades with the Merengues.

However, he has alluded to the possibility of perhaps donning the colours of a different jersey.

“Sometimes the circumstances are not right to be a ‘one club man’,” he cryptically claimed.

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