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Ancelotti talks Hazard, Militao, Valverde following Getafe 0-1 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid pulled off a rather unconvincing 1-0 win over Getafe on Saturday night. An early Eder Militao goal separated the two teams at full-time, but it is safe to say that it was far from Los Blancos’ best nights in the final third.

The win takes the team back to first place in the La Liga standings temporarily. All eyes are now on Barcelona to see if they can close the gap ahead of next week’s Clasico.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after his team’s win at Coliseum Alfonso Perez and addressed their poor finishing and overall performance amongst other topics. Here are the key takeaways from his presser.

On the overall performance: “I think we controlled the game well. It was good to score early, we didn’t seal the game but we controlled it.”

On his team’s finishing: “We were not effective enough. In offence, we were not clinical enough, but at this point in the season, I am happy with the win.”

On the missed opportunities: “We had many opportunities to score more.”

On Eden Hazard: “Hazard? He is fine, he will get his chance.”

On the upcoming clash against Shakhtar Donetsk: “I will use more rotations against Shakhtar.”

On Eder Militao: “Militão has muscle spasms. I don’t know who will play in defence against Shakhtar, but whoever it is will do well. I have a committed group that plays great.”

On Federico Valverde: “What position does Fede Valverde prefer? The pitch, wherever he plays he’s perfect.”

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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