Live Real Madrid Blog: Thibaut Courtois makes starting XI against Leganes

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Hello one and all – welcome to our Real Madrid blog, where you’ll be updated with all the latest rumblings from the Bernabeu as Los Blancos get set to take on Leganes tonight (UAE: 22:45).

Make sure to keep checking back in with us throughout the day. Let’s get started …

21:55 – Thibaut Courtois makes starting XI against Leganes

Courtois is set to make his La Liga debut for Madrid.

He starts between the sticks while Keylor Navas drops to the bench.

20:25 – Mariano unfazed by taking on Cristiano Ronaldo’s No7 shirt

The 25-year-old has taken on the iconic number seven shirt last worn by Cristiano Ronaldo who left for Juventus in the summer.

In this video, he reacts to taking on the jersey.

Back at home: Mariano Diaz.

Back at home: Mariano Diaz.

17:45 – Ronaldo agrees deal to buy Valladolid

According to reports, Real Madrid and Brazil legend Ronaldo has reached a deal to buy 51 per cent of La Liga club Real Valladolid.

El Norte de Castilla, a regional daily based in Valladolid has made the claim, citing “sources close to the operation.”

Ronaldo has reportedly paid €30 million with the deal set to be done next week.

Read more here.

Brazil legend Ronaldo

Brazil legend Ronaldo

13:50 – Thibaut Courtois in line for Real Madrid debut

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Former Chelsea keeper has had to bide his time behind Keylor Navas at the Bernabeu but the waiting is over, according to reports.

12:00 – One striker in, one striker out as Borja Mayoral joins Levante

Borja Mayoral

There was no space for Borja Mayoral in Julen Lopetegui’s squad after Mariano made his return from Lyon.

However, the 21-year-old believes there is still a future for him at the club when he completes his season-long loan at Levante – read his thoughts here.

11:00 – Mariano Diaz a curious fit and Isco needs to show form

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Chris Bailey has written a rundown on some of the key storylines ahead of Real’s clash with Leganes – including whether Mariano Diaz, the new No7 in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era, is the right fit.

There’s also reason to believe Isco needs a big display – read more here.

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Back at home: Mariano Diaz.

Real Madrid completed the signing of Mariano Diaz from Lyon this week.

Just 14 months after being sold by the club to the French outfit, the striker has returned.

The 25-year-old has taken on the iconic number seven shirt last worn by Cristiano Ronaldo who left for Juventus in the summer.

In the video below, he reacts to taking on the jersey.

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Thibaut Courtois will make his long-awaited debut for Real Madrid tonight against Leganes (UAE: 22:45), Marca report.

Courtois – handed the Golden Glove for his superb displays with Belgium at the World Cup this summer – has yet to play a minute for his new club since arriving in a 35 million deal from Chelsea.

However, Julen Lopetegui has now decided to jettison Keylor Navas, who will feel hard done by given his faultless displays for Los Blancos so far this season.

Navas also received an award for being named the Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season on Thursday – but just 48 hours later he is set to play second fiddle to Courtois.

Despite their setback against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, the domestic season has started brightly for Lopetegui’s new regime, having secured back-to-back victories against Getafe and Girona.

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