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Four Real Madrid stars return to training as preparations continue for Valladolid clash

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With Real Madrid set to resume their La Liga campaign in a little under two weeks, Carlo Ancelotti has seen four more players rejoin training earlier today.

Los Blancos restarted training for the second half of the season from December 1, with players not at the World Cup and some youngsters from the Castilla squad being involved.

Now, slowly, Real Madrid are starting to be boosted by players returning after international commitments. David Alaba and Karim Benzema recently rejoined training and even participated in Thursday’s friendly encounter versus Leganes.

And, as reported by Mundo Deportivo, four more players – Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Antonio Rudiger and Federico Valverde, have returned to training today as the reigning Spanish champions continue preparations for the restart of the season.

The aforementioned quartet are technically the first set of Real Madrid players to return from their World Cup assignments although Benzema, who continues to remain on the France squad list, has been training for almost a week.

Courtois and Hazard crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage itself with Belgium, with the latter even announcing his international retirement after that.

Rudiger’s Germany team and Valverde’s Uruguay side also could not make it past the group stages of the World Cup. And having enjoyed a two-week vacation, they have all returned to training with the rest of the squad today.

More and more players are expected to arrive in the coming days with the Spanish and Brazilian contingent likely to return next week.

Croatia’s Luka Modric is currently playing the third-place playoff match against Morocco and will be among the last ones to return along with Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga who will be involved in the finals against Argentina tomorrow.

Real Madrid resume their campaign with an away game against Real Valladolid at Estadio Jose Zorrilla on December 30.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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