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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Federico Valverde returns for Champions League semi-final second leg |  Football News

Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde has recovered from Covid-19 after posting a negative test result on Tuesday and was called up for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea in Stamford Bridge.

Brazilian left-back Marcelo will also be able to travel with the team to London on Tuesday morning, although he has been chosen to work at a Madrid polling station in the local elections.

According to reports in Spain on Tuesday morning, the Brazilian showed up at around 8 a.m. at Liceo Europeo in La Moraleja to perform his duties as assistant, but was excused and allowed to return home after being replaced by the one of the main members of the electoral council.

Raphael Varane, meanwhile, will miss Real’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Chelsea.

The 28-year-old center-back suffered an injury to his right captor in Real’s 2-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday.

Madrid will also be without Dani Carvajal due to the hamstring injury he suffered in the first leg last week, with the right-back expected to miss the rest of the season.

Captain Sergio Ramos is named to the squad after returning to training late last week. The 35-year-old defender has not played since playing for Spain at the end of March.

Sergio Ramos hasn’t played since playing for Spain at the end of March

Real drew 1-1 with Chelsea in the first leg in Madrid, meaning they need to improve that score in west London on Wednesday if they are to reach their first final since 2018.

Raiola: I think Real Madrid can afford Haaland

Mino Raiola says Real Madrid can afford to sign Erling Haaland this summer, despite the Spanish champions’ financial problems.

Real have reported debt of € 354.3million (£ 307million) in the fiscal year up to last June as finances have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Federico Valverde returns for Champions League semi-final second leg |  Football News
Erling Haaland has scored 37 goals in 38 games for Borussia Dortmund this season

As Haaland announced a £ 66million release clause in his contract which will take effect next summer, Raiola and his father, Alf Inge Haaland, spoke to Barcelona and Real earlier this year.

The striker is expected to make over £ 100million for Borussia Dortmund if he sells him this summer and, when asked if Los Blancos can afford to buy him, Raiola said: “I don’t know not if they can afford it, because I haven’t studied their books, but I think they can.

“I think they all can. The question is different: Can Madrid afford not to buy Haaland? What about Barca?”

“He [Haaland] needs to tell me when everything is clear and I can create a menu for him, and put things on his plate: we have this, that and the other.

“And at the moment we can’t. What we know today is that Dortmund spoke to us in an extremely solemn manner and said: ‘We are not selling him. “

“That’s what they said. Now let’s see if that desire is still there until September 1.”

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