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‘One step away’ – Real Madrid captain talks ahead of Borussia Dortmund showdown

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With merely a day left in Real Madrid’s highly awaited showdown with Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final, the anticipation levels are starting to rise.

This could be the last game at the club for certain players, with Toni Kroos’ departure official and Nacho Fernandez’s future also uncertain.

The Real Madrid captain has now come out to give his thoughts in Los Blancos’ last press conference of the season, and potentially the last at his boyhood club via MARCA.

When asked to comment on the team’s confidence ahead of the final, Nacho Fernandez stated, “We have respect for our rival, but maintain confidence because of how well we have done this season.”

“We are one step away from playing in a final and if it goes well, winning it. It is exciting to be part of such a small group,” he added on the possibility of him joining Paco Gento on six European Cup triumphs with Real Madrid.

The 34-year-old was asked about his future and their tranquility ahead of the final, to which he replied:

“The calmest week compared to which? I would tell you that it has been the most uneasy week, because of the nerves of playing in the final. It is a very special match and a unique moment for the club.”

Real Madrid have built a habit of making late comebacks in the Champions League, which was especially testified in the semi-finals with Joselu scoring twice to seal a win.

As a result, Nacho was asked whether the players remain calm when losing with five minutes remaining.

“We prefer to win, honestly,” the Spanish veteran confessed.

Lastly, when asked if the Champions League anthem scares the teams, the Real Madrid captain replied:

“Everyone knows that Madrid is special in this competition. We feel very friendly with this anthem. It is a responsibility to play the final and we are looking forward to it.”

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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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