Real Madrid’s clashes with cross-town Atletico Madrid have become quite the staple in Spanish football over the years.
Especially after the arrival of the flamboyant Diego Simeone at the Atletico Madrid helm, these clashes often turned into something more than a football game – for better or worse.
In one such case, Simeone once again was involved in the thick of things, during Real Madrid’s most recent clash with Los Colchoneros, where the two teams had to share a point after a 1-1 draw.
Simeone caught joking with Modric
With Real Madrid holding a narrow advantage, coach Carlo Ancelotti decided to refresh the midfield by bringing on Luka Modric around the 75th-minute mark.
The Croatian international was supposed to replace a tired Rodrygo, who had caused all sorts of problems for the Atletic defence.
But even at a time when the game was completely poised, Simeone was caught on camera joking with Modric, at the time of his substitution. The video was posted by DAZN.
Just when the veteran midfielder was about to come on, Simeone yelled, “Luka! Luka!” “Come play with us!”
Modric was a good sport, as he laughed at Simeone’s joke and eventually replaced Rodrygo, to add more freshness to Real Madrid’s second line of press.
Unfortunately for Los Blancos, the substitution did not help much as the club ended up surrendering their narrow one-goal advantage in the final few minutes of the game.
Former Barcelona star Memphis Depay took full use of a late opportunity to save valuable two points for his team and keep the title race open.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.