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On-loan Barcelona star names Real Madrid duo as the ‘best players in the world’

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Speaking in an interview on the ‘Nude Project’ podcast, on-loan Barcelona star Joao Felix has named Real Madrid duo Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr. as the best players in the world currently.

Joao Felix, who has played for two of Los Blancos’ top rivals in Barça and Atletico Madrid, reckons that the aforementioned duo of Mbappe and Vinicius would be the best placed to win the Ballon d’Or this season.

The Portuguese international is currently on loan at Barça with the term set to end on June 30, although the Catalans are negotiating with Atletico to keep him at the club beyond that.

And, during a long chat on the podcast, where he discussed several topics, including his future, Joao Felix also backed two Real Madrid stars as the best in the world.

“The best player in the world right now? I can name 3: Kylian Mbappé, Vinicius and… Oh no, only two in fact (laughs),” the forward said.

Joao Felix names Mbappe, Vinicius as the best in the world. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Ballon d’Or contenders

Both Mbappe and Vinicius Jr. are coming on the back of spectacular campaigns in 2023/24, with PSG and Real Madrid, respectively.

Mbappe, who signed for Los Blancos earlier this month, finished the previous season with a stunning return of 44 goals and 10 assists in all competitions, winning Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the French Super Cup.

He also finished as the top scorer in Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League. Set to lead France at the Euros, Mbappe can further strengthen his credentials if he does well in the tournament.

Vinicius, on the other hand, also won three titles – La Liga, Champions League, and the Spanish Super Cup, while racking up 24 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, including vital contributions in the UCL semis and finals.

Considered the frontrunner for the Ballon d’Or, the Brazilian has the chance to further solidify his chances with a strong run in the Copa America.

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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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