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Real Madrid defender could miss El Clasico through injury

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We are just a week away before the season’s first El Clasico gets underway. It promises to be an exciting and rather consequential contest between two clubs, who have enjoyed an excellent start to their domestic campaigns.

For Real Madrid, a win against Barcelona could see them usurp the Catalans at the top of the league table. However, with a game against Shakhtar Donetsk awaiting them in midweek, there remains a layer of confusion as far as the team selection is concerned.

To that end, Carlo Ancelotti was asked to provide an update in regard to his potential starting eleven against Barcelona later this weekend.

The Italian was asked about the defensive personnel, in particular, following Eder Militao’s recent knock. Ancelotti, though, has appeared coy on the subject, adding that he is unsure of the defensive personnel that will feature against Barcelona next weekend.

“I still don’t know who will play vs Shakhtar! Militao has muscle contraction. Whoever plays in El Clasico, they will be good defenders,” he said (h/t Barça Universal) when asked about the defenders that will form the Real Madrid backline in El Clasico.

Militao’s muscle contraction could be significant for Real Madrid as the Brazilian international has proven to be the club’s defensive lynchpin in recent years. The defender also starred in Los Blancos‘ recent win over Getafe. He scored the winning goal while responsibly leading the backline to help Ancelotti’s men keep a valuable clean sheet.

His potential absence from the FC Barcelona game could force Ancelotti to deploy David Alaba at the heart of the backline.

However, with a week still remaining before Real Madrid lock horns with their arch-rivals, Militao will have ample time to recover from his knock and potentially return in time for El Clasico.

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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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