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‘Another war’ – Bayern Munich goal machine on facing Bellingham in UCL semifinals

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The ties for the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League semi-finals are set. Real Madrid will lock horns with Bayern Munich in the European Clásico while PSG will be facing off against Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid made it to the final four of the competition by outsing reigning champions Manchester City via penalty shootouts after a hard-fought battle at the Etihad Stadium last night.

It set up a mouth-watering encounter against Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern Munich, who also eliminated a Premier League in Arsenal last night.

Two of the most successful teams in Europe going up against one another in a dream semi-final is certainly an enticing prospect for fans.

Harry Kane excited about facing Jude Bellingham

The game also happens to generate a lot of excitement among the players as well, as Bayern Munich goal machine Harry Kane alluded to during a chat with Hayters TV recently.

The England captain will come up against his international teammate, Jude Bellingham, in one of the biggest fixtures of the season in less than a couple of weeks.

And Kane stated that it is going to be a war against Bellingham and Real Madrid when they cross paths in the UCL semi-finals.

“For sure, Jude has had a fantastic season, he’s a really top player so I’m obviously happy for him. But it will be another war against his team,” he remarked.

Harry Kane and Bayern will face Real Madrid in the UCL semis. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Discussing their career paths, Kane added: “These are the experiences I think we both went abroad to try and achieve, to play in these big nights in the Champions League and play in big semi-finals so of course it will be one to enjoy for both of us.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of English fans watching both of us as well but we just have to focus on ourselves. Of course, I’ll say hello but once we’re both out on the pitch it’s about doing our best for the team.”

It must be remembered that Kane had been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer following Karim Benzema’s exit, but nothing came of it and he opted to join Bayern Munich.

As for Bellingham, he is no stranger to facing Bayern Munich, having gone to war against them during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

Having seen the Bavarians cost him the Bundesliga title last season, the 20-year-old will likely have revenge on his mind when he faces them again, this time in the whites of Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid send ultimatum offer for Alphonso Davies, comfortable with three existing players

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A recent report from Defensa Central has revealed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich, hoping to secure the deal for a fee between €30 million and €35 million.

Currently, Real Madrid’s main focus is on their upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

As a result, they have not been concentrating much on their summer transfer plans. However, despite this distraction, their interest in Davies has been reignited, marking another step towards bringing him to Madrid.

It is said that Davies remains a key target for Real Madrid and the club is strategising to make a move for him, believing that the time and situation are on their side. 

It is to be noted that Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich ends in 2025, and there are no indications that he plans to renew it. Real Madrid are banking on this uncertainty to pressure Bayern into selling him.

Bayern ready to part ways with Davies

It is said that Bayern have made their stance clear regarding Davies: he must either extend his contract or be sold this summer. 

Davies has not yet made his decision known, although Bayern suspect he is leaning towards leaving. He hasn’t responded to their offer of a salary increase, which would pay him around €13 million gross per year. 

Real Madrid are still interested in signing Alphonso Davies (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Bayern are unwilling to raise their offer and are keen to resolve this situation quickly to plan for the next season.

Real Madrid are loving this drama

As days pass, Davies’ market value decreases slightly due to his inconsistent season, marked by injuries and patches of poor performance. 

Bayern are under pressure to sell him to avoid losing him for free later, which has led to a reduced asking price. 

Real Madrid are aware of this situation and remember Davies’ impressive performance in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at Santiago Bernabeu, where he scored a spectacular goal.

Real Madrid are in no rush

For now, Real Madrid are aiming to sign Davies for as little as possible within the €30 million to €35 million range. 

They are in no rush since they already have two capable left-backs in their squad—Ferland Mendy and Fran García—and are considering buying back Miguel Gutierrez. Thus, securing a new left-back isn’t an urgent need for them.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid are committed to acquiring the Canadian star. Their scouting team has long recommended him, and negotiations have been ongoing since last summer. 

There is already a verbal agreement between Davies and Real Madrid, indicating that the club’s interest is serious and well-planned.

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