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Real Madrid will not ask UEFA for an explanation for Man City’s illegal goal – report

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Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester City in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

The result handed sort of a blow to the reigning European champions, who must secure a win at Etihad next week if they are to book tickets for the Champions League final.

Controversy ensued in the first leg when Real Madrid conceded an equaliser in the 67th minute, with Kevin de Bruyne launching a simmering strike just outside the edge of the penalty area.

However, during the build-up to the goal, the ball appeared to be out of play, even though Bernardo Silva had tried his best to keep it in. The referees or the linesmen did not notice the error, and even VAR did not review it after de Bruyne’s goal.

Carlo Ancelotti had raised issues with the goal on the touchline but was shown a yellow card. But as revealed by Anton Meana (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid have not asked UEFA for an explanation regarding the de Bruyne goal and have decided to bury the hatchet.

This comes against the backdrop of UEFA reportedly offering an explanation as to why de Bruyne’s goal was allowed. They argued that even though the ball was out of play, Real Madrid had won the ball back momentarily. Therefore, it was labelled as a new passage of play.

Real Madrid, for their part, are now focusing ahead on the second leg, to be played next week. With a win now a necessity, it is now up to Carlo Ancelotti to rally his troops and motivate them ahead of the tie at the Etihad Stadium.

The Italian manager has come up with a three-point plan to beat Man City, but whether or not it comes to fruition remains to be seen.

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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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