Real Madrid have named their starting lineup for the UEFA Champions League Group F encounter against RB Leipzig at the Santiago Bernabeu, which will start in a couple of hours.
Carlo Ancelotti has made changes to the team that started in the weekend La Liga encounter against RCD Mallorca.
Two of the alterations come in defence where Dani Carvajal and Nacho replace Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy, respectively. Nacho is expected to slot in alongside Antonio Rudiger as a centre-back, with David Alaba set to occupy the left-back slot.
The midfield unit sees a wholesale change as Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni all return to the starting lineup after being benched in the La Liga encounter on Sunday afternoon. Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos drop out.
Federico Valverde, who started in midfield at the weekend, has moved into the right-wing position against RB Leipzig. Rodrygo Goes gets the nod in the false-nine role ahead of Eden Hazard, who is back on the bench, while Vinicius Jr operates on the left flank as usual.
Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz are on the bench along with the likes of Hazard, Mendy, Kroos, Ceballos and Alvaro Odriozola.
Real Madrid Starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Alaba, Modric, Tchouameni, Camavinga, Valverde, Rodrygo, 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.