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Official: Real Madrid starting XI against RB Leipzig

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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.

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Real Madrid could face a ‘shock exit’ from a player whose contract is not expiring – report

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Real Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy summer ahead. The club have been rocked by news of Marco Asensio’s potential exit, with Paris Saint-Germain on the verge of securing his services in the coming summer.

Karim Benzema might follow suit as the veteran forward is strongly considering a move away from Santiago Bernabeu, even though he was close to extending his contract at Real Madrid earlier this year.

Now, COPE (h/t Madrid Xtra) is claiming that another Real Madrid player, who will not be out of contract this summer, could shockingly leave the club at the end of the season.

It might not necessarily be bad news for Real Madrid, though, considering there are multiple first-team stars that the club would like to get rid of. Eden Hazard tops the list, but it appears the Belgian has his heart set on remaining at the Bernabeu until 2024.

Therefore, a more logical candidate could be Ferland Mendy. The left-back has become an unwanted figure at Real Madrid, following his struggles with injuries. Many have also pointed out his limited potential.

This has led to speculations linking him with a move away from the Bernabeu, with Arsenal among the clubs interested in his services. Real Madrid, for their part, appear willing to sanction the sale of the left-back this coming summer.

The club have also kickstarted their pursuit of a new left-back, with Alphonso Davies emerging as the potential candidate. However, signing the Canadian international could prove to be tricky, even though his contract renewal talks with Bayern Munich have been postponed until next year.

Real Madrid, though, have brought back Fran Garcia, who will join the team at the start of next season. It remains to be seen whether the youngster has what it takes to become a prominent fixture in the Real Madrid starting eleven next season.

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