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Ancelotti concerned about the physical exhaustion of two Real Madrid stars

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The FIFA World Cup 2022 will come to an end later tonight when Argentina and France face off in the finals of the tournament at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

As many as 12 Real Madrid players were called up for the World Cup excluding Karim Benzema who had to return before the tournament due to an injury.

Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Antonio Rudiger (Germany), Federico Valverde (Uruguay), Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio (Spain), Eder Militao, Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr (Brazil), Luka Modric (Croatia) and Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga (France) were the ones in Qatar.

Of the 12, though, only two remain alive in the competition heading into the final in Tchouameni and Camavinga. Meanwhile, Modric finished in third place with Croatia after defeating Morocco last evening.

And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is very much concerned about the physical exhaustion of two of his players in Modric and Tchouameni ahead of the restart of the season.

Of the 12 Los Blancos’ stars that were in Qatar, four were eliminated at the group stages itself and have already returned to training. Two more crashed out at the Round of 16, while three more were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

Only Modric, Tchouameni, and Camavinga made it as far as the semi-finals. Of the trio, though, Camavinga has hardly played for France at the tournament. But, Modric and Tchouameni have been permanent fixtures for their respective teams throughout the World Cup.

Indeed, Modric played in each of Croatia’s seven matches to help them secure a podium finish. And at 37, the midfielder put his body through great strain, and Ancelotti is worried about the physical wear and tear that the veteran might have experienced which might hamper Real Madrid in the second half of the season.

Tchouameni, too, has been an ever-present in France’s midfield, featuring in each of their six games and is expected to start in the finals today, having recovered from a minor hip issue.

But given that Real Madrid have counted on him to replace Casemiro this season, Ancelotti is naturally concerned about Tchouameni suffering the after-effects of his exertions at the World Cup once club football resumes.

Real Madrid will restart their campaign against Real Valladolid on December 30, but it is unlikely that either Modric or Tchouameni will be rushed back into action for that contest. Ancelotti will prefer to take it easy with the duo, especially with Los Blancos facing a nightmarish schedule in early 2023.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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