Just a couple of weeks after the summer transfer window and plans for the next year are already underway at Real Madrid.
The Merengues appear to be keen on strengthening the left-back position next summer despite having signed Fran Garcia earlier this year.
It is because Ferland Mendy’s fitness and form have led to frustration within the club and they are open to the idea of offloading him next summer, especially given his contract expires in 2025.
And, a suitable replacement for the left-back position has already been identified in the form of Bayern Munich speedster Alphonso Davies.
Bayern wish to renew Davies
Indeed, as per Kerry Hau of SPORT1, Real Madrid have had their eyes on Davies for a long time now, with recruitment chief Juni Calafat understood to be an admirer.
And with Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich expiring in 2025, Los Blancos see the next summer window as the apt time to move for the Canadian left-back.
Davies, for his part, is happy with the Bavarian giants but is understood to be toying with the idea of a possible departure after the ongoing season.
Bayern, though, are eager to hold on to Davies and are keen on offering him a new contract to tie down his future at the Allianz Arena.
At 22, the left-back is seen as a key asset and the German Bundesliga champions wish to retain his services for a long time.
Contract talks on hold
Bayern Munich had begun contract talks with Davies’ agent, Nick Houseu, in the past, but the talks are currently on hold after ex-director Hasan Salihamidzic was sacked at the end of the 2022/23 season.
The new administration in place, led by technical director Marco Neppe, wish to reopen talks with Houseu over a new deal for Davies.
However, the negotiations are unlikely to be straightforward as the Bavarians will need to assure Davies’ camp about the club’s sporting project and economic plan, amidst the recent air of instability at the club.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, continue to watch the situation unfold, waiting to strike while the iron his hot. It remains to be seen who comes out on top in the battle for Davies’ services.
Real Madrid rising star suffered against Atletico due to veteran forward’s absence, says Simeone
Real Madrid’s 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid was not the first time were in trouble this season. In fact, the Merengues have gone behind early in almost every league game so far.
However, the difference on Sunday night was that they never really mounted a comeback. More importantly, Jude Bellingham did not come good, for the first time.
Simeone unravels the mystery
A jubilant Diego Simeone spoke to the media after his side downed Real Madrid by three goals to one and spoke about a plethora of topics.
Interestingly, he commented specifically on why Bellingham did not have an impact at Civitas Metropolitano, citing the absence of Joselu as a key factor.
“No, the spaces were reduced and I think that Joselu’s lack of presence left him with fewer chances to get there, when he takes advantage of Joselu’s aerial play. We controlled him better, he’s extraordinary,” he said, as quoted by AS.
He even called out the refereeing on the night and insisted that the Real Madrid star-boy should have seen red for his late tackle on Angel Correa, saying:
“It looked like a sending-off to me live, it was a hard leg up, with Angelito hitting the ball.”
Ironically, he defended his defender Jose Maria Gimenez for an equally threatening tackle on the night.
“A bad foul, it’s a yellow card because it goes sideways. Bellingham goes from the front and I think it’s a bit more,” he stated paradoxically.
No time to lament
The game at Civitas Metropolitano may not have gone Real Madrid’s way. Yet, it is good for the Merengues to taste defeat early and see the gaping holes in their dynamic.
Carlo Ancelotti admitted in his press conference that he bore the lion’s share of the fault for Sunday’s loss and that he would have done things differently if given the chance.
“Maybe I could have done it better. It’s pretty clear. When the team doesn’t do what it has to do, it’s my responsibility,” he stated.
Nevertheless, Los Blancos have a hectic schedule ahead with two games in the next five days and a UCL fixture against Napoli next week. With Vinicius Jr back, one hopes they find their mojo once again.