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 the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.