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Open Thread: December 1, 2021

Our Wednesday Edition of the Daily Merengue!

Real Madrid Training Session Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images

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Los Blancos take on Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu tonight barely two days after taking on Sevilla. Hazard and Rodrygo are back in the squad though it remains to be seen if they’ll have any role to play. Bilbao are having a decent season and currently sit in 8th position. Ancelotti indicated that he might make some rotations for this one with midfield being the most likely position to be rotated. Who would you guys like to see inserted into the starting lineup? Answer in the poll below. Also put in the comments who they should replace.


Who would you like to see inserted into the starting lineup?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    (62 votes)
  • 37%
    (193 votes)
  • 48%
    (249 votes)
  • 1%
    Different player (mention in the comments)
    (7 votes)
511 votes total Vote Now

Rudiger gets closer to a Chelsea exit and Arsenal target Isco.

Fabrizio Romano reported that things are at a stand still between Chelsea and Rudiger with several clubs circling. Los Blancos are apparently one of them, though it remains to be seen who will meet the 12million Euros salary he's demanding.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco, according to La Razon. It has been reported that Madrid are willing to sell Isco in the January transfer window.

The Spain international attacking midfielder is out of contract at Madrid at the end of the season.

ICYMI: “I don’t believe in ideologies like Guardiolismo, Sarrismo... I believe in the identity of the team”

In this article the coach spoke about his football philosophy, changes needed for football, Leonardo, and more. Give it a read.

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