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Real Madrid superstar ‘200% ready’ for UCL final vs Borussia Dortmund

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Speaking in an interview with OK Diario, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has claimed that he is ‘200% ready’ to play in the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Courtois spent the first nine months of the season out on the sidelines after rupturing his ACL before the campaign began.

The Belgian shot-stopper made his return towards the final phase of the season and has done well in the few matches he has played.

However, in his absence, Andriy Lunin had done an excellent job in goal, playing an integral role in Real Madrid’s success.

But all signs point towards Courtois getting the nod against Dortmund at Wembley, and he is ready for the task.

“First of all, Ancelotti decides [who plays]. And if I play, I feel very good, at my top. I’m ready 200%,” said Courtois.

Courtois ready for the UCL final. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

When asked if it would be fair on Lunin if he plays instead of the Ukrainian, Courtois replied: “I can’t say if it’s unfair or not.”

“What I know is that he has had a great season and if we are in the final it is partly because of him (Lunin). I am at Ancelotti’s disposal and I have worked for nine months to get back to my usual self. It’s up to the coach to decide,” he added.

Following his return from injury, Courtois played in four La Liga matches and managed to keep a clean sheet in each of those games.

While it will not be known until the day of the game, as things stand, he appears the likeliest to get the nod ahead of Lunin on Saturday.

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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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