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Real Madrid look to cut short prodigy’s loan at AC Milan

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When Real Madrid signed Brahim Diaz from Manchester City in 2019, the youngster was touted as one of the biggest talents in Spanish football. Diaz signed a six-year contract with Los Blancos, a clear indication of the trust they had in the player.

However, the youngster’s return to Spain was cut short in just two years. After a dry spell in the Spanish capital, he departed to AC Milan on a two-year loan deal.

Now, there is another twist the Diaz’s story. Despite there being another year on the player’s loan at AC Milan, Real Madrid are looking to bring him back home in the summer according to Sergio Santos.

There is a gentleman’s agreement between the two sides by which the player’s decision will always be respected. However, it remains to be seen as to what Diaz thinks of Real Madrid’s interest.

The 22-year-old has seen a wave of opportunities in Italy, starting 22 games in Serie A so far. His prominent role in Stefano Pioli’s setup has seen him earn international call ups from Luis Enrique’s La Roja.

With the World Cup nearing, the youngster wants to be in the constant spotlight to earn a call-up to Qatar. Keeping that in mind, he will only return to Real Madrid if he is guaranteed minutes under Carlo Ancelotti.

In 22 league starts this season, Diaz has scored three goals and provided as many assists. He has created two big chances and averages 1.1 key passes per game. Needless to say, he will be a valuable asset to the Galacticos’ setup.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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