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Militao talks Alaba, Rudiger, Lewandowski ahead of Real Madrid vs Barcelona



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Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane were the backbones of Real Madrid’s defence for several years, and Madrid shook when both players left the club in the same summer last year.

At that time, it seemed difficult to fathom how Los Blancos would forge another central defensive pairing equally as strong.

Yet, it did not even take two months for the baton to be passed. David Alaba and Eder Militao grabbed their opportunities by the scruff of the neck and established themselves as an indispensable part of the Real Madrid defence.

Such has been their consistency and dominance that the UEFA Champions League-winning defender Antonio Rudiger has found himself on the bench after moving to Madrid this past summer.

Speaking to Gustavo Hofman of ESPN Brasil on Friday, Militao opened up on the healthy competition he shares with his competitors and how they gelled together.

The Brazilian first praised David Alaba and elaborated on the chemistry he shared with the Austrian international.

“David’s very helpful, he joined and it already looked like we’ve been playing together for ages,” Militao said.

The former FC Porto ace was then quizzed about the addition of Rudiger to the squad and the competition he faced with the German. Militao responded by acknowledging his teammate’s quality and spoke about how he was an asset to the team.

“It’s always good to have this competition, right? Of course, with all due respect, we know Rüdiger’s potential, we know the player he is and how he will help us. You can already see what he’s been doing. He’s great,” Militao said.

Finally, the centre-back opened up about his dressing room relations and revealed that he shared a great friendship with Alaba even off the field.

“My friendship with David is great. He’s very playful, because of Rafinha in Bayern, he learnt a bit of Portuguese & we always talk a lot,” the Brazilian added.

With El Clasico coming up tomorrow, it will be interesting to see who among Militao, Alaba and Rudiger start in defence for Real Madrid. With the German suffering a facial injury in midweek, there is a good chance that he could be the one left out against Barcelona.

Talking up the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona as one of the greatest, he said: “For sure (it’s the greatest Clasico in the world)! Where everyone to see it, the whole world, because a derby between Real Madrid and Barcelona nobody wants to be left out, nobody wants to miss this game.“

Militao also highlighted the threat posed by Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski, saying: “He’s a great player, a great striker, but we also play in our style of play. We also study them a little and we also have to pay special attention to him, because he is a great player.“

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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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