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Real Madrid quartet included in Spain’s provisional squad list for Euro qualifiers – report

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With the first international break of 2023 just a couple of weeks away, national team coaches are planning to announce their squads for the same, or in some cases, have already named the players they have called up.

It will also mark the start of a new era for the Spanish national team as Luis de la Fuente will take charge of the team for the first time.

The 61-year-old was handed the reins of La Roja after Luis Enrique vacated the position following a dismal run at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

De la Fuente will be naming his first squad as Spain boss in a few days and according to Arancha Rodriguez of COPE, Real Madrid quartet Marco Asensio, Dani Carvajal, Dani Ceballos, and Nacho Fernandez are all on the manager’s provisional squad list.

Spain will face Norway in their first UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying campaign on March 25 before facing Scotland three days later on March 28.

And, as per the report, the aforementioned quartet of Asensio, Carvajal, Ceballos and Nacho could all be on the list for the matches.

Asensio and Carvajal had been regulars in the previous regime under Enrique, who had not been as favourable to Ceballos and Nacho.

While the former had struggled with injuries last season, Enrique’s treatment of Nacho had been questioned by some sections.

But, it seems like the veteran defender, who has been doing well this season at Real Madrid, could be given a fresh chance by De la Fuente in the upcoming set of fixtures.

Ceballos’ potential inclusion will also be deserved as he has been in fine form since the World Cup break. What works in the midfielder’s favour is that De la Fuente knows him very well, with the pair working together at the youth levels for the Spanish national team.

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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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