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La Liga manager backs Real Madrid superstar for Ballon d’Or: “Player who does everything”

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The start of the new season has been all roses for Real Madrid as the team extended their unbeaten streak to eleven games with their win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. 

While Barcelona lead the La Liga standings, the defending champions are only behind on goal difference. Further, they are well placed to finish top of their group in the UEFA Champions League.

However, the new season has not been as easy for Karim Benzema. The Frenchman has excelled in Ancelotti’s setup as a playmaker but has struggled to recreate his clinical finishing in front of the goal so far this term.

The veteran is tipped to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or later this month ahead of the likes of Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Kevin de Bruyne. Heading into the weekend’s clash against Real Madrid, Getafe coach Quique Sanchez Flores spoke to the press.

During his media interaction, he took a stance on the Ballon d’Or debate too, backing Benzema to win the coveted award.

“Benzema will be the next Ballon d’Or winner, and if it is not, we will have to doubt those decisions. He is a player who does everything. We are not specifically going to plan against him, but logically he is a player who influences the game a lot,” he said (h/t MARCA).

Last season, the French striker scored 42 goals for Real Madrid across the La Liga and UCL campaigns, while adding two more in the Spanish Super Cup. He single-handedly carried the men in white on several nights. It is not surprising that he is expected to win the award by a record margin.

Benzema’s contract extension with the club is already agreed upon and will be activated the instant he wins the Golden Ball. Needless to say, the manager will hope that he returns to his imperious best in the games to come.

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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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