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Bayern Munich believe defender’s performances have been affected by Real Madrid links



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Real Madrid manager Ancelotti’s decision to swap Ferland Mendy for Fran Garcia in the 45th minute against Almeria showed that the coach is still not entirely convinced by the Frenchman.

The left-back’s consistency, fitness, and attacking performances have all been viewed critically in recent times with his defensive output being his only saving grace.

Garcia, meanwhile, has not been a whole lot better. The Merengues’ management is not completely convinced by the Spaniard either, as a result of which they are pushing for the signing of Alphonso Davies.

Davies’ situation at Bayern Munich

Davies has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, so much so that Bayern Munich are now reeling under the fear of losing him in the summer. His contract runs out in 2025, meaning that the coming June is the Bavarians’ only chance to cash in on him.

According to reports from Philipp Kessler via iMiaSanMia, the defender’s performances have been viewed critically within the Bayern hierarchy for months.

Internally, it is assumed that the speculation around a move to Real Madrid is influencing the player and his output on the field.

Davies is a top target for Real Madrid. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich are working to no end to secure the left-back’s renewal, but contract talks between the two parties have stalled since last spring.

As per Real Madrid’s wish, the player appears to be looking to turn down advances from Bayern so as to push a move through in June.

Bayern Munich refute stalling rumours

While the media has regularly covered Davies’ rejection of the Bavarians’ renewal proposals, the German club’s administration themselves have openly refuted such talks.

“Phonzy has a contract with us until 2025. I am convinced that he really enjoys playing for FC Bayern. We would really like him to stay at Bayern longer. We will have talks,” Bayern Munich sporting director Christoph Freund said in a recent interview.

A move to Real Madrid is far from done, especially given that Los Blancos wish to preserve good relations with the German club after the coup as well. Negotiating in the traditional way will be a long-drawn process.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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