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‘Have done things right’: Real Madrid transfer strategy praised by ex-Barcelona midfielder

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Former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has said that Real Madrid will win La Liga this season, adding that the team from the Spanish capital has built a great squad that can dominate for a few years.

Speaking in an interview with MARCA, the 35-year-old, who now plays for Saudi Pro League club Al-Shabab talked not just about Real Madrid but also about Toni Kroos’ decision to return to international duty and even about his national compatriot Luka Modric.

First, when asked about Real Madrid, he had nothing but admiration for the club, saying that the team is being operated with a plan and Florentino Perez needs a special mention for that.

“I’m not saying this season, but they have done things right to have a solid team base, and to dominate for a few years. I speak with the utmost respect because they have been my rivals for many, many years, but to see what Florentino Perez is achieving is to say chapó,” he said. 

“They get what they are looking for. There is a plan. Presidents don’t always get it right, but he got it right in his decisions, with the players, with the stadium, with everything around him, with the image of the club. 

“He is to be congratulated and, above all, how Real Madrid is handling this change from a single generation to the next one to come. Everything makes a difference and that ends up being noticed,” he added.

Upon being asked about the potential La Liga winners this season, he said, “(There is no doubt). Real Madrid.”

On Kroos and Modric

Ivan Rakitic has nothing but admiration for Real Madrid, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Rakitic retired from international football in 2020, a year before Kroos decided to hang his boots for Germany. 

Interestingly enough, the veteran Real Madrid midfielder has decided to return to international duties for the upcoming UEFA Euro and while speaking about it, Rakitic said that even Croatia called him to do the same, but he will stick to his decision.

“I respect Toni’s decision. They called me and we talked, that’s true. The first thing they said in Croatia was if Toni can do it, I can do it. I have already seen it in several comments. 

“I don’t think about it. Firstly out of respect, because I think that the boys who managed to qualify for the Euro Cup deserve to play in it, right? They deserve support from outside. The minister also invited me,” he explained.

Lastly, he also had words reserved for Modric, saying that he is very angry with him because he scored the winner against his former side Sevilla.

At the same time, he did mention that Modric is very lucky not just for him but also for everyone around because of the kind of person he is.

“I’m angry with him because he scored against Sevilla. I didn’t like it. He had to go out and score. Luka is lucky for me and for all of us, to be able to enjoy a person like Luka. It makes me a little sad because it seems like he has to prove it every day. He doesn’t have to give us anything else. 

“What you have to do is enjoy watching him. What his teammates, Madrid, his fans, and his president have, is an immense fortune to enjoy Luka. I think all the fans of LaLiga and football in general, too. I hope it continues”

He also added that it is impossible to imagine a Real Madrid team without Modric. 

“It is almost impossible to imagine a Madrid or LaLiga without Luka. He is the one who must make the decision. He knows that I love him like an older brother. We have experienced so many things together. He is part of my family, part of me. It would be a pleasure to continue enjoying his magic and his behaviour, his smile,” he added.

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Real Madrid send ultimatum offer for Alphonso Davies, comfortable with three existing players

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A recent report from Defensa Central has revealed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich, hoping to secure the deal for a fee between €30 million and €35 million.

Currently, Real Madrid’s main focus is on their upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

As a result, they have not been concentrating much on their summer transfer plans. However, despite this distraction, their interest in Davies has been reignited, marking another step towards bringing him to Madrid.

It is said that Davies remains a key target for Real Madrid and the club is strategising to make a move for him, believing that the time and situation are on their side. 

It is to be noted that Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich ends in 2025, and there are no indications that he plans to renew it. Real Madrid are banking on this uncertainty to pressure Bayern into selling him.

Bayern ready to part ways with Davies

It is said that Bayern have made their stance clear regarding Davies: he must either extend his contract or be sold this summer. 

Davies has not yet made his decision known, although Bayern suspect he is leaning towards leaving. He hasn’t responded to their offer of a salary increase, which would pay him around €13 million gross per year. 

Real Madrid are still interested in signing Alphonso Davies (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Bayern are unwilling to raise their offer and are keen to resolve this situation quickly to plan for the next season.

Real Madrid are loving this drama

As days pass, Davies’ market value decreases slightly due to his inconsistent season, marked by injuries and patches of poor performance. 

Bayern are under pressure to sell him to avoid losing him for free later, which has led to a reduced asking price. 

Real Madrid are aware of this situation and remember Davies’ impressive performance in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at Santiago Bernabeu, where he scored a spectacular goal.

Real Madrid are in no rush

For now, Real Madrid are aiming to sign Davies for as little as possible within the €30 million to €35 million range. 

They are in no rush since they already have two capable left-backs in their squad—Ferland Mendy and Fran García—and are considering buying back Miguel Gutierrez. Thus, securing a new left-back isn’t an urgent need for them.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid are committed to acquiring the Canadian star. Their scouting team has long recommended him, and negotiations have been ongoing since last summer. 

There is already a verbal agreement between Davies and Real Madrid, indicating that the club’s interest is serious and well-planned.

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