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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Valencia



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One of the biggest La Liga fixtures is upon us as Real Madrid travel to Mestalla to take on Valencia for gameweek 35 of La Liga. The league might be over, with Barcelona crowned champions last weekend, but Madrid will want to push for that second place position with Atletico Madrid on their necks.

Carlo Ancelotti has rotated his side a bit, giving chances to some of the players that have not been able to play as regularly through the season.

This means, Lucas Vazquez gets the nod as the right-back over Daniel Carvajal today, while Ferland Mendy returns from his injury and slots in at left-back. Eder Militao and Antonio Ruddier start in central defence, guarding Thibaut Courtois in goal.

French nationals Aurlelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga start together in midfield, with Dani Ceballos rounding off the trident in the centre of the park.

Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr continue to lead the attack, and the final spot, at right-wing, has been given to Marco Asensio.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Rudiger, Mendy; Ceballos, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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