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La Liga defender opens up on past transfer links to Real Madrid: “I don’t know”

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Ahead of Villarreal’s La Liga match against Real Madrid later this evening, defender Pau Torres has opened up on the rumours linking him with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the recent past.

The Spanish international had been on the radars of several top clubs during the summer window, with Real Madrid also being credited with an interest. However, nothing materialised as Torres ended up staying at Villarreal, while Los Blancos brought in Antonio Rudiger.

As he gears up to take on Madrid today, Torres opened up on the transfer rumours during an interview with AS and said: “Well, I don’t know how much there was talk about me or not in that sense either.

“In the end, it was just rumours, but I never had a call from anyone, or anything like that. My work has always been focused on the club, and when you play these kinds of games you always want to give your best, because in the end, it’s in these games that you see the real people.”

During the same chat, Torres revealed how he desired to beat Real Madrid, as he had never seen a victory against the reigning Spanish champions.

“Beating teams like Madrid or Barcelona is very special, I remember recently when we won in Barcelona… that day I thought we had already beaten them and that I haven’t beaten Madrid,” Torres said.

“It’s true that since I’ve been here we’ve played some very good games against Madrid, but we haven’t been able to win. We haven’t managed to get past a draw and it’s another challenge I’m looking forward to. It’s always nice to beat the best and beating Real Madrid is something everyone would like to do.”

Praising Carlo Ancelotti’s side, he added: “They are a team that can do many things, we see that they have no trouble scoring goals and take advantage of any space to do damage. There’s no need to explain the quality and capabilities of an opponent like this.”

Highlighting the threat posed by Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema, Torres said: “Vinicius has shown that with space he is a decisive player, we will have to be very close to him and not give him many options.

“And Benzema is the latest Ballon d’Or, a great player who has been getting better and better in recent years and who is going to take advantage of the slightest chance he gets. So we’ll try not to give them any chances.”

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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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