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Real Madrid midfielder could be in contention to feature against Atletico – report

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Real Madrid face a stern test this midweek as they take on Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. It is a must-win game for Carlo Ancelotti’s men as the club have not historically done well in the competition.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid faced a few setbacks as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Carvajal, Eden Hazard and Lucas Vazquez were all believed to be ruled out of the contest.

However, according to a report from AS, Tchouameni, who was struggling with an injury to his left leg, has recovered well so far and has improved his fitness. He has started running programs and has even done exercises.

Although the Frenchman has yet to train with the main squad, he has been working hard at Valdebebas to make himself fit for the Atletico Madrid game on Thursday.

The report suggests that the final call on whether Tchouameni features will be up to Ancelotti and the Italian will decide if he gives a few minutes this midweek or lets him continue his recovery away from the squad..

Tchouameni has been in controversy recently when he travelled to Paris to watch the NBA game between the Bulls and the Pistons instead of watching Real Madrid.

The youngster has since apologised to the club, as well as to his teammates and fans. He wants to make amends by recovering quickly and making his return to the pitch as soon as possible.

Tchouameni, though, is not the only injury boost for Real Madrid ahead of the clash against Atletico Madrid. It appears the Whites are also expected to have David Alaba back from injury, with the Austrian international in contention to feature in this midweek affair.

The return of Alaba and Tchouameni could go a long way in boosting Real Madrid’s chances of booking a place in the Copa del Rey semi-finals, as they take on their cross-town rivals this midweek.

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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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