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Real Madrid midfielder fit and ready to face Osasuna in Copa del Rey final

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Real Madrid are aiming for their first Copa del Rey title since 2014 as they take on CA Osasuna in the final tonight.

Given the way the club have underperformed in the league, coach Carlo Ancelotti would expect nothing short of a victory, especially with his job also on the line.

Heading into this game, Real Madrid were given an injury boost as David Alaba had returned to training and was subsequently included in the squad.

According to Cadena SER, the Spanish giants have been handed another boost as Luka Modric is now in contention to feature in tonight’s final. The veteran midfielder had missed the last few matches owing to hamstring injury, which led to fears he may miss the final.

Ancelotti had confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the 37-year-old had been back in training, but insisted that no risks would be taken with him.

However, as per the report, Modric has spoken to Ancelotti and the Real Madrid team doctors. He will be fit to feature in tonight’s final, which could prove to be a major boost for Los Blancos.

Modric’s experience, coupled with his creativity and leadership have been critical in Real Madrid’s success in recent years. His presence against Osasuna tonight, therefore, could prove to be valuable for Ancelotti’s men as they look to secure the cup.

Modric’s return also bodes well for Madrid in this final stretch of the campaign, with the Whites set for a tricky contest against Manchester City in the Champions League semifinals.

However, keeping his fitness in mind, there is a possibility the Croatian might not feature in the entirety of the ninety minutes tonight. Fortunately for Ancelotti, he has more than enough options at his disposal.

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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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