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Real Madrid’s possible opponents for the Copa del Rey Round of 32

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Real Madrid will begin their journey in the 2022/23 Copa Rel Rey next month, when they enter the tournament at the third round, i.e., Round of 32.

Los Blancos were exempted from participating in the second round of the tournament due to their involvement in the Spanish Super Cup, along with Barcelona, Valencia and Real Betis, all of whom will also begin their Copa del Rey quest from the upcoming round.

With the draw for the Round of 32 fixtures set to take place later today, we take a look at Real Madrid’s possible opponents for the next stage of the cup competition.

As per the rules of the tournament, not only Real Madrid get to enter the tournament in the third round, but they will also be avoiding facing any team from La Liga at this stage.

Indeed, the Merengues’ opponents for the Round of 32 phase of the Copa del Rey will come from either the RFEF First Division or RFEF Second Division.

With that in mind, Real Madrid could face one of ten possible teams from the lower divisions that have made it to the Round of 32.

The two teams from the RFEF Second Division who can be drawn against Real Madrid are CD Ibiza Islas Pitiusas and CP Cacereño, who defeated Eibar and Girona, respectively, in the second round of the tournament.

As for the teams from the RFEF First Division who could face Real Madrid, they are as follows: Pontevedra CFAD CeutaCF IntercityUD LogroñésCD EldenseLinares DeportivoNàstic de Tarragona and La Nucía.

Real Madrid have not won the Copa del Rey in eight years, with their last triumph in the competition coming in 2014. And manager Carlo Ancelotti has highlighted that it is a trophy that they want to win this season.

The Round of 32 fixtures of the Copa del Rey will be played between January 3-5, at the home of the lower division 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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