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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Real Betis



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Real Madrid will play hosts for the first time this season as they continue their journey to the defence of the La Liga title. Today, they have to take on Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu in a game that will define who the outright table leader is at this point of the season.

Thibaut Courtois starts in goal, as he usually does. He has been brilliant as ever this season, but has not managed a clean sheet. With the roar of the Bernabeu behind him, though, one can be more hopeful.

In defence, we are graced with the usual suspects as David Alaba returns to his centre-back role alongside Eder Militao. Daniel Carvajal and Ferland Mendy have been tasked with providing width from the back.

Toni Kroos starts from the bench, with Eduardo Camavinga taking his place in the centre of the park. Aurelien Tchouameni has made the pivot role his own, and will continue there, with the assistance of Luka Modric in midfield.

Finally, the onus is on Karim Benzema to carry on his spectacular display from against Espanyol as he spearheads the attack. Vinicius Jr is his aid on the left, while Federico Valverde has been dropped for Rodrygo on the right.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Camavinga, Tchouameni, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius

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Two Real Madrid stars staring at an uncertain future at the club this summer




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According to a report from El Larguero, the futures of Dani Ceballos and Andriy Lunin at Real Madrid are uncertain, and anything could happen with their careers. 

The main issue the two players are facing is the lack of playing time they face due to intense competition within the team, which is pushing them towards a potential exit.

For Ceballos, the club has communicated that he is free to leave. However, given that he signed a contract extension with a pay raise last year, Real Madrid will not make his departure easy. 

The Spanish club has informed Ceballos that his agents need to bring a significant offer if he wishes to leave. Although the team values him and sees him as part of their squad, they are open to letting him go if a suitable offer comes along. 

They have reportedly set a price of at least €20 million for the former Arsenal midfielder, and the club’s stance indicates that they have ample options within the market and their academy to replace him if necessary.

What about Lunin?

Andriy Lunin will only stay at Real Madrid if offered more game time. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Lunin’s situation is more complicated, as both the team and the player want him to stay. However, the presence of Thibaut Courtois as the undisputed starting goalkeeper leaves little room for Lunin to secure a starting position. 

This lack of opportunity has caught the attention of several Premier League teams, with latest reports linking him to Chelsea.

Lunin’s future remains undecided as he contemplates his next move. His indecision is understandable given the challenges he has faced, such as being sidelined by Courtois in crucial matches like the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley. 

The decision Lunin makes will have significant implications for all parties involved. If he decides to leave Real Madrid, the club will need to find a replacement, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being a possible candidate

However, if he chooses to stay, Real Madrid have no intention of changing their current approach towards him, meaning that he will continue to be the second-choice keeper.

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