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‘It’s a 50-50 game’ – Modric insists Real Madrid not the favourites for UCL final

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As Real Madrid gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final tomorrow at Wembley, Luka Modric spoke to the media today as part of the pre-match press conference.

The Croatian international joined manager Carlo Ancelotti and fellow club captain Nacho Fernandez and addressed several questions from the media, pertaining to tomorrow’s encounter.

Kicking things off Modric insisted that Real Madrid were feeling confident heading into the game, saying:

“We are very happy to be here and we are very confident and calm to face the most important game of the season.”

If Real Madrid win on Saturday, Luka Modric, Nacho, Dani Carvajal and Toni Kroos would match club legend Paco Gento with six European Cups.

“It was unimaginable to think we could reach this moment, but we are here and we are enjoying this moment. Hopefully, we can take this one more step as a team. To have six European Cups would be amazing,” said Modric on the matter.

Modric and Real Madrid are confident. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Discussing how preparations have been going and the favourites tag placed on Real Madrid, the Croatian international said:

“It’s not the calmest week. Everyone thinks we’re favourites, but we don’t think like that. It’s a 50-50 game and we’re playing against a team that has had a fantastic season. We have trained very well.”

Real Madrid have constantly shown their steely mentality by pulling off comebacks from impossible situations. Shedding light into what goes on in the players’ minds during such situations, he said:

“We have shown many times that when things aren’t going well, we keep fighting. But as Nacho says, we prefer to win.”

The game takes Modric back to London, where he spent several years as a player with Tottenham Hotspur. On returning to England and playing at Wembley, he said:

“It’s an impressive stadium and it’s always nice to play in this city.”

Source: MARCA

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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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