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Real Madrid midfielder set to start at left-back for France vs Tunisia

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France are one of the few teams in Qatar to have enjoyed a perfect start to their campaign. After a dominant 4-1 win over Australia in the first round, Les Bleus beat Denmark in the subsequent game to guarantee a place in the next round.

However, not everything has been rose for Didier Deschamps’ side. The team are without the services of some of their biggest stars through injury, including Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.

Their situation got worse when Lucas Hernandez was ruled out of the tournament after an ACL injury in the first game. Theo Hernandez took over duties at left-back against Denmark, but L’Equipe report that the manager is considering something different for the next game.

According to the French outlet, Deschamps plans to start Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga as the left-back against Tunisia on Wednesday. Prima Facie, it seems like a berserk decision by the manager but one can be assured that it would have been made based on something the player showed in training.

Camavinga has not played a single minute in the World Cup so far, with the coach preferring the profiles of Adrien Rabiot and Aurelien Tchouameni in midfield. However, it remains to be seen as to how the youngster morphs into the left-back role if indeed he starts.

France do not have much to play for in the final group-stage game. With a goal difference of +6 over second-placed Australia, Les Bleus are almost guaranteed a top-spot finish even if they lose to Tunisia on Wednesday.

Clearly, it is the last chance for Deschamps to shuffle his cards and experiment with the personnel before the business end of the tournament begins.

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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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