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Official: Real Madrid’s three opponents for Champions League group stages

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With the group stages of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League set to kick off in a short time, draws to place teams in groups took place on Thursday in Istanbul, Turkey.

Real Madrid were placed in Pot 1 of the draw, given their status of being the winners of the UEFA Champions League as well as the La Liga champions last season.

The Merengues were alongside the likes of Manchester City Bayern Munich, PSG, AC Milan, FC Porto, AFC Ajax and Eintracht Frankfurt, meaning they would not be drawn against any of them.

Real Madrid were placed in Group F after they were the sixth name drawn from Pot 1.

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla, who were in Pot 2, were also not in question as teams from the same league cannot be paired together in the group stage.

It left Los Blancos with Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus, RB Leipzig and Tottenham as possible opponents from Pot 2. And it was RB Leipzig who were drawn against the reigning champions of Spain and Europe.

And, as has become customary in recent seasons, Shakhtar Donetsk were once again allocated in the same group as Real Madrid from Pot 3, with Los Blancos avoiding tricky opponents like Inter Milan, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund.

Finally from Pot 4, Real Madrid were drawn against Scottish champions Celtic, in what will be an exciting match-up and a huge occasion for the Bhoys.

Group F: Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic

Draw in full:

Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers
Group B: Porto, Atlético, Leverkusen, Club Brugge
Group C: Bayern, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Viktoria Plzen
Group D: Frankfurt, Tottenham, Sporting CP, Marseille
Group E: Milan, Chelsea, Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb
Group F: Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic
Group G: Man. City, Sevilla, Dortmund, Copenhagen
Group H: Paris, Juventus, Benfica, Maccabi Haifa

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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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.

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