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Ancelotti prefers retaining Real Madrid star over signing 23-year-old full-back

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As we close in on the summer transfer window, Real Madrid are set to face a massive dilemma in the left-back position.

The club’s desire to sign Alphonso Davies has been well-documented, with Los Blancos keen on taking advantage of the market opportunity.

Real Madrid’s initial idea was to sign Davies as a direct upgrade over Ferland Mendy in the left-back position.

However, Mendy’s superb performances during the second half of the campaign have now led to ideological differences between the club and the coaching staff, led by Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti chooses Mendy over Davies

A recent report from Sergio Gomez and Alfredo Matilla (h/t Madrid Zone) now suggests Carlo Ancelotti is unequivocally supporting the prolonged stay of Ferland Mendy.

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This comes shortly after the Italian tactician proclaimed Mendy as the best left-back in the world. The defender has also received praise from his French national team captain and future Real Madrid teammate Kylian Mbappe.

As per the report, Ancelotti, if given the choice, would prefer to renew the contract of Mendy over acquiring the services of Davies, who is already into the final 12 months of his contract at Bayern Munich.

Ferland Mendy himself will have his Real Madrid contract expire by 2025. There have been no talks of a renewal either, despite his excellent performances during the 2024/25 campaign.

It remains to be seen whether or not Ancelotti’s open support for the Frenchman will have any bearing on the club’s plans.

Another potential tailwind for Mendy could come in the form of Davies potentially staying at Bayern, at least until 2025. It would delay Real Madrid’s pursuit, thus giving Bayern more time to try and convince the Canadian international to prolong his stay in Bavaria.

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‘Not good’ – National team coach insists Real Madrid veteran should play every game

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Croatia have announced their final squad for the upcoming European Championship in Germany this summer.

There were no surprises, with Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric making the list. The midfielder is all set to play yet another important international tournament with Croatia, with the aim of winning his first silverware for the nation.

At the age of 38, though, one would expect Croatia to dilute the role of Modric, in order to make way for other players in the team.

Zlatko Dalic on Luka Modric

But contrary to the expectations, it appears Croatia plan on once again utilising the full potential of Modric in Euro 2024, knowing his experience and leadership could be key in the team’s success.

When asked about Modric’s inclusion in the national team, Croatian manager Zlatko Dalic confirmed that he will try to deploy the midfielder ‘in every match’, unlike what the scenario is at Real Madrid this season.

The leader of Croatia (Photo by DENIS LOVROVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

“It is not good for Luka to be dosed, he has to be on the field every game, then he is even better. He played a little less games this season, but we expect him to be our leader,” Dalic told the media (h/t Zadarski).

With a staggering 174 caps, Modric is by far the most experienced player in the Croatian team right now.

Even though Croatia has not won any major tournaments, Modric has a strong track record with the national team, notably leading Hrvatska to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, only to lose to France.

Croatia, though, were only able to reach the Round of 16 in the last two editions of the European Championship. The last time Croatia were able to go beyond the Round of 16 stage was in 2008. Interestingly, a then 22-year-old Modric was a part of the team.

This time around, Croatia will be taking on a tricky group, with Spain, Italy and Albania as their opponents. Securing a knockout place, therefore, could be challenging, but it’s a challenge Modric and co will embrace with open arms.

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