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Courtois talks Benzema, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Bellingham, Valverde, Joselu, retirement

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Thibaut Courtois missed Real Madrid’s first two games of the USA tour through a minor injury. He returned for the latter half of the tour, although the team, unfortunately, lost both the games he featured in.

Yet, it would be unfair to blame Courtois for the defeats to Barcelona and Juventus. The shot-stopper made a cumulative of seven saves across the two matches including two from inside the box.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper recently spoke to TLN TV (h/t Madrid Xtra) ahead of the new La Liga season where he elaborated on topics including the team’s lack of a striker and his future.

The Belgian goalkeeper first expressed his desire to hang up his boots at Real Madrid but insisted that he still had a long way to go.

“I’m so happy at Real Madrid, my wish is to retire here. I’ll take things year by year and make sure I take care of myself. Luckily goalkeepers can last a long time in football,” he said.

Courtois then admitted to Karim Benzema’s departure being a big loss for Real Madrid and pointed out means by which the team could compensate for the void.

“Benzema scored a lot of goals for us, but we have other players who have scored goals, like Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo. The whole team has to step up, players like Federico Valverde can do it. He should try and score 20 goals this season.”

Courtois elaborated on the manager’s options in the final third, backing the new signing Joselu to come good, as he said: “Joselu is a good striker for us, he can score goals.”

Real Madrid struggled towards the tail end of last season and completed it with neither the La Liga title nor the UCL trophy to show for it.

The goalkeeper spoke about the objectives for the 2023-24 campaign, saying: “We want to redeem ourselves from last season.”

On the new signings at the club and their impact on the team’s results on the field, Courtois said: “We got some exciting signings like Jude. So we hope to win many trophies.”

At 31 years of age, Courtois is now one of the veterans on the team. He spoke about his longevity in the years to come and how he viewed Luka Modric as a role model.

“I want to go year by year. Luka is still playing at almost 38, so I know it’s possible,” he said.

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Report: Real Madrid reactivate interest to sign €50 million-rated defender

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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to reactivate the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Spanish football giant has shown interest in the Canadian star for quite some time but has yet to seal the deal. Now, following the conclusion of the Copa America, Real Madrid are reigniting their efforts to sign Davies.

Before the Copa America began, Davies mentioned that he would postpone any decisions about his future until after the tournament. 

With the competition now over, his future remains a hot topic for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are keenly monitoring the situation.

Real Madrid will not meet Bayern’s demand

Real Madrid are hesitant to meet Bayern Munich’s asking price of €50 million for Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025. 

Negotiations between Bayern Munich and Davies’ agent have been ongoing, but they haven’t reached an agreement. Davies is reportedly seeking a significant salary increase, rumoured to be around €20 million per season, which Bayern Munich has declined.

Alphonso Davies is likely to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of this stalemate, Bayern Munich’s management has decided to withdraw their renewal offer, risking the possibility of Davies leaving for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

This development has opened the door for Real Madrid, who are preparing to make an offer that could potentially satisfy Bayern Munich’s demands.

Davies is likely to leave

In Germany, the consensus is that Davies is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Real Madrid being the most probable destination. The situation is fluid, but it appears that the Spanish club is in a strong position to acquire the talented Canadian defender.

For Real Madrid, securing a player of Davies’ calibre would be a significant boost to their squad. The club is known for its aggressive transfer strategies, and bringing in a player like Davies aligns with their goals.

As the summer transfer window progresses, the focus will remain on the negotiations between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Both clubs have a lot at stake, and the outcome will depend on their ability to find common ground regarding the transfer fee and Davies’ salary demands.

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