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Ancelotti talks Benzema, Valverde, Rodrygo, Camavinga ahead of Real Madrid vs Girona



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Coming off the back of their first defeat of the season, Real Madrid will be more determined than ever to return to winning ways when they take on Girona on Sunday. After all, Los Blancos cannot afford to drop points in the league with Barcelona sitting close behind.

Their opponents on the night are in the midst of a disastrous season so far. In 11 La Liga games, Michel’s side have only won two, drawing three games and losing six. The men in white will fancy their chances of a dominant win on the night but will have to be wary of Girona’s relatively strong midfield.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press before his team’s game at Santiago Bernabeu. Here are the snippets from his media interaction.

On the team’s sensations ahead of the next game: “We are motivated ahead of tomorrow’s game. We want to win and play a good game.”

On players returning from injuries: “Modrić, Valverde, Ceballos and Mariano are BACK tomorrow.”

On Karim Benzema: “Karim Benzema will not play tomorrow.”

On whether Rodrygo would be involved in the game: “Rodrygo will play tomorrow.”

On whether Federico Valverde was the best midfielder in the world: “I don’t know, surely one of the best. He’s a surprise for everyone.”

On Benzema’s recovery: “Karim Benzema trained yesterday but he didn’t feel well after the session. He’s not injured but he’s not 100% recovered. He underwent tests yesterday and is physically fine. However, his sensations are not good so we won’t risk him. We respect it.”

On the team’s transfer strategy for the January window: “We are not thinking about buying new players in the winter market. This will be the squad until the end of the season.”

On Miguel Gutierrez: “He played some games last season because Mendy and Marcelo were injured. He did well. We are evaluating him ahead of the future. If he does well he will return.”

On Eduardo Camavinga: “We are very happy to have Camavinga for our future. He’s very young. There are not many youngsters with his qualities in Europe right now.”

On the vacant non-EU spots: “Militao and Rodrygo got Spanish citizenship so we have more non-EU spots now.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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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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