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Official: Two Real Madrid and Atletico stars included in Belgium’s World Cup squad

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With the FIFA World Cup almost upon us, teams are starting to name their squads for the tournament in Qatar. And last edition’s semi-finalists, Belgium, have also released their official 26-man roster that will fly to Doha for the tournament, with two Real Madrid players featuring on it.

Indeed, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has, unsurprisingly, named Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and attacker Eden Hazard in the squad for the Qatar World Cup.

Neither selection comes as a surprise, considering that Courtois is the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper for Belgium and has been performing at the top of his game for Real Madrid for the past year or so.

As for Hazard, the former Chelsea wing-wizard has hardly seen game-time at the club level this season. Despite that, Martinez continues to place immense faith in the 31-year-old, who is the captain of the Belgium national team.

The Real Madrid misfit will lead the team in Qatar and hope to fare better than he has been doing at the club level.

Along with the Real Madrid stars, the Atletico Madrid duo of Axel Witsel and Yannick Carrasco also make the cut for the Belgian national team.

Carrasco has been enduring a poor season for Diego Simeone’s side, but his versatility remains immensely valued by the national team boss. As for Witsel, he is one of Belgium’s most experienced stars and will have a role to play in Qatar.

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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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