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Real Madrid ace not ruled out of the FIFA Club World Cup final

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had picked up an injury during the warm-up when the Spanish giants locked horns with Mallorca this past weekend, forcing coach Carlo Ancelotti to field Andriy Lunin in the game.

Initial reports suggested that the goalkeeper’s injury was a serious one and that he might be ruled out of the FIFA Club World Cup and perhaps even the upcoming Champions League game against Liverpool.

However, according to Sergio Fernandez, Courtois has not been completely ruled out of the Club World Cup just yet. While the Belgian may miss the upcoming semifinal against Al Ahly, he could be in contention to feature in the final.

This is because the diagnostic imaging tests for Courtois’ injury have been quite positive. There has been no official word on the matter just yet, but the goalkeeper’s situation is being closely monitored and an outcome will come out shortly.

In the meantime, it is Lunin, who is the favourite to start in goal for Real Madrid when they take on Al Ahly this midweek. The Ukrainian starlet has struggled to gain regular game-time this season, which had led to speculations over his future at the club.

But the chance to represent Real Madrid in the Club World Cup could serve as an exciting opportunity for the 23-year-old, who has featured in eight competitive matches this season.

However, it must be noted that Real Madrid may not necessarily risk Courtois as soon as gets clearance from the medical team. Given the Belgian’s status as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Los Merengues will be wary of potentially aggravating his injury.

Therefore, we may see Lunin continuing in goal if the Whites reach the final of the Club World Cup. Courtois is more than likely to get back into the thick of things when Real Madrid return to Europe next week and face Elche CF in La Liga.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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