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Real Madrid’s request to reschedule UCL semi-final first-leg tie falls on deaf ears

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Real Madrid steamrolled past Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League over two legs to seal a semifinal spot in the prestigious event. The first leg of the final four is scheduled in less than three weeks, giving Carlo Ancelotti’s men enough time to prepare.

However, it so happens that Los Blancos participate in the final of the Copa del Rey against Osasuna on May 6th. This leaves them with practically no recovery time before the scheduled kickoff against Manchester City on May 9th.

According to reports from Melchor Ruiz, the club offices have asked UEFA to take the cup final into consideration while drafting the semifinal schedule and thus shift the game to Wednesday, May 10th.

However, there appears to be no movement and the clash will likely continue on Tuesday the 9th.

Under normal circumstances, Los Blancos would sacrifice any game preceding a UCL match owing to the vast difference in stakes. However, they cannot afford to do the same in a cup final, especially given their drought for success in the Copa del Rey in recent years.

There is thus pressure on Ancelotti to handle the two games within 72 hours of one another with minimal fatigue and injury concerns. The Italian has always been known for his man-management and one expects that he will find a way through the grasses.

The first leg of the UCL semifinal will be played at Santiago Bernabeu. The second leg is scheduled just a week later at the Etihad Stadium.

Interestingly, the fixture holds in store a repeat of last season’s semifinal which ended in a sensational comeback win for the Spanish giants.

If the men in white triumph on both fronts, i.e. the Cup final and the Champions League semifinal, they will be on the verge of sealing a spectacular end to the season with two trophies.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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