Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in scrap to sign James Rodriguez

Carla Harmon
April 2, 2017

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Marcelo and James Rodriguez have also been left out by Zidane after their cross-Atlantic exertions in World Cup qualifying over the past week.

This year on Vital Real Madrid for those who can't make the game, but will follow it sat at your computer, browsing on your iPad, iPhone, tablet, Smartphone or whatever it is that you kids have these days, why not login to your Vital account and share some thoughts with us as the game unfolds. Los Blancos look to keep their lead intact when they play Alaves on April 2.

Raphael Varane and Pepe are both available again after injury, so Zidane has all four of his central defenders to choose from for the game against Alaves.

Real Madrid will be without Fabio Coentrao, who is not at full fitness, and Casemiro, who will miss the match through suspension. Deportivo Alavés, however, have a few important injury concerns.

It's added in the report that Madrid are keen to recoup as much of the £63m that they spent to sign him from Monaco as possible, but it remains to be seen whether or not any interested party will be willing to go up to that figure given his last couple of seasons.

Meanwhile, Zidane could decide to hand a start to Kiko Casilla in goal.

Alaves are enjoying an excellent season and now lie in 10th place in the table, with 40 points already - making them safe from relegation even at this early stage.

Mauricio Pellegrino: "This game is a great challenge for us".

Real Madrid are at the Santiago Bernabeu with Alaves the visitors today, this will be a 3:15pm kick-off.

Helping Alavés' cause is that they're coming off two straight big wins over Malaga and Real Sociedad, and have won three out of their last five.

With all the European giants continually considering a monster bid for James, he seems destined to depart Real Madrid this summer.

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