Matches continue to come hard and fast for Real Madrid, who take on Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in gameweek 32 of La Liga. A win here would take them 15 points clear at the top and in with a real shot of sealing the title in gameweek 34 itself.
As has been tradition almost all season, Carlo Ancelotti has announced his starting lineup almost two hours ahead of the game with three changes to the team that took on Chelsea in midweek.
The suspended Casemiro is replaced by Eduardo Camavinga in midfield, while Luka Modric and Toni Kroos flank him on the right and left respectively.
Karim Benzema speadheads the attack, hoping to add to his bizarre goal tally this season. He has Vinicius Jr. for support on the left, while Federico Valverde retains his spot on the right side of the trident.
There are two changes in the back-four. Eder Militao comes in for Nacho afetr serving his UCL suspension, while David Alaba continues alongside him in the heart of the defence.
Dani Carvajal continues at right-back, while Lucas Vazquez presumably starts at left-back in the absence of Ferland Mendy and Marcelo. Thibaut Courtois continues to don the gloves for Los Blancos.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Vazquez; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
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.