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Real Madrid defender left out of Spain’s provisional squad for World Cup – report

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We are less than a month away from the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. And according to MARCA, Luis Enrique has already sent his list of 55 provisional players that could be considered for selection for the coveted competition.

The report suggests that Enrique has primarily chosen the players he utilised throughout the qualifying campaign and in the UEFA Nations League.

As such, it appears Real Madrid star man Nacho Fernandez has missed out on the list. The veteran centre-back, who has been playing for Madrid on a professional level since 2013, will not be considered for the World Cup squad despite his success over the years.

Real Madrid themselves were ‘puzzled’ at Nacho’s lack of prominence in the Spanish national team despite the fact that the veteran is one of the most successful defenders in the country.

Instead of Nacho, Enrique has opted to include the likes of Pau Torres, Inigo Martinez, Aymeric Laporte, Hugo Guillamon, Diego Llorente and Eric Garcia, among others.

Enrique has notably included Sergio Ramos on the list. The former Real Madrid superstar has not enjoyed much success at Paris Saint-Germain, but he has been included in the list due to his vast experience and leadership.

However, Ramos is unlikely to be considered for the final 26-man shortlist Enrique is expected to publish on November 11. The same can be said for Nacho.

In fact, Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio are the only Real Madrid players to feature in the provisional squad.

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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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