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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Liverpool – Champions League final

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The fateful day is upon us again as Real Madrid gear up to face Liverpool in the Champions League final for the 2021/22 season. Carlo Ancelotti has selected his best XI to face arguably the best team in Europe, hoping for a replay of the 2018 final.

Karim Benzema, wearing the captain’s armband, starts as the striker. He is the top scorer in the UCL this season with 15 goals and will be hoping to add to his tally tonight. The top assist provider of the campaign, Vinicius Jr, joins him on the left-wing.

Federico Valverde, on paper, starts as the right-winger, but will be everywhere on the flank, tirelessly running the channels alongside Luka Modric. Casemiro is the defensive midfielder, while Toni Kroos rounds off the lineup as the left central midfielder.

Dani Carvajal walked out injured in the first half of the Champions League final against Liverpool in 2018, and has been given another chance tonight, starting as the right-back. Ferland Mendy is his partner in crime, starting on the left.

The defensive trident, as he been so often this season, features Thibaut Courtois with the gloves. He is guarded by David Alaba and Eder Militao.

Official Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, 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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