Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid do not have much to play for in La Liga after sealing the title with their win over Espanyol.
All eyes are now on the Champions League final against Liverpool, and the manager is expected to rest key players in the league games in preparation for the same.
Los Blancos face Cadiz in an early kickoff tonight at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza. Ancelotti will be without the services of David Alaba, Marcelo, Dani Ceballos, Dani Carvajal, and Marco Asensio on the night through injury, but also risks losing players to suspension.
Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos, and Ferland Mendy find themself on four yellow cards at the moment. If they are booked against Cadiz, they will miss the final league clash against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Needless to say, there will be no repercussions if Real Madrid lose on the final matchday too. Yet, the manager would want to have his best team against Los Verdiblancos to keep his men match-fit for the Champions League final.
Though Ancelotti has preferred to rotate his squad, all three players are expected to start on the night. Marcelo’s injury forces Mendy to play a part from the opening whistle.
Meanwhile, Camavinga has become a regular player under Ancelotti in these closing games and is expected to start alongside Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Cadiz currently sit on 35 points, just two points clear of the relegation zone. The hosts need a win on the night, and will not make it easy for the champions at their own den.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.