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Real Madrid have held preliminary talks with youngster over a contract extension

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Real Madrid have already held preliminary talks with young midfielder Eduardo Camavinga over a contract extension, reports Mario Cortegana of The Athletic.

Reports of a new deal for the 20-year-old future star were broken last week by Jorge C Picon, who claimed that Real Madrid wanted to offer the Frenchman a better pay packet and a longer contract owing to his rise in stature within the team since the turn of the year.

It was also reported that Los Blancos want to increase Camavinga’s release clause amount to €1 billion from €700 million, to send out a statement to the Premier League clubs who had been casting admiring glances towards him.

Now, The Athletic’s Mario Cortegana has corroborated those claims, stating that preliminary talks have already taken place with Camavinga over a new contract extension.

The 20-year-old joined Real Madrid from Rennes back in 2021, for a fee of around €31 million plus add-ons. He signed a contract with the club until 2027, meaning he still has more than four years left on his current deal.

But, the plan is for the club to add two or three more years to his contract, while also increasing his salary and inserting a €1 billion release clause as they are doing in the new deals for Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes.

Camavinga has grown into a pivotal player at Real Madrid this season, particularly after the World Cup break, with the young midfielder stepping it up a notch, so much so that Ancelotti called him an ‘untouchable’ for the present and the future.

And the former Rennes wonderkid could soon be rewarded with a new and improved contract by Real Madrid, although negotiations are said to be at a very early stage at this point.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona

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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Starters

Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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