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Portugal’s World Cup hat-trick hero can succeed Benzema at Real Madrid, claims ex-coach

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Portugal booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022 yesterday, thanks to a stunning 6-1 win over Switzerland. And it was Goncalo Ramos who stole the limelight, grabbing a brilliant hat-trick on his first-ever start for the national team.

Portugal manager Fernando Santos made a huge call before kickoff, as he opted to bench his captain and former Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, in favour of Ramos. And the decision paid off handsomely, with the 21-year-old rising to the occasion.

The SL Benfica ace’s hat-trick meant that he now has more World Cup knockout goals than Ronaldo, despite having played just one such game.

Ramos is a product of Benfica’s youth academy and has grown into a vital player for the first-team setup, bagging 28 goals and ten assists. He has been directly involved in 20 goals in 21 matches in the 2022/23 season for his club and has carried that form to the World Cup.

And, one of Ramos’ former coaches at the Benfica youth team, Joao Fonseca, has claimed that the young Portuguese could be the ideal player to act as the deputy to Karim Benzema at Real Madrid before taking over from the Frenchman.

Talking in an interview with Luca Bendoni for GianlucaDiMarzio.com, Fonseca said: “It is precisely at Real Madrid that I would see Ramos well: for me, he is the perfect deputy for Benzema, with a view to a future passing on of the baton.”

Benzema will be turning 35 in a couple of weeks and has had injury problems of late. So, Real Madrid need to start planning for the future, especially given that they do not have a proper quality centre-forward as backup for the Frenchman currently.

Brazilian prodigy Endrick is set to sign for Los Blancos imminently, although he will not be arriving at the club until 2024 when he turns 18.

With Ramos making the world take notice of his abilities in the game against Switzerland, it will be interesting to see if Real Madrid do explore the possibility of a move for the 21-year-old, who, along with Endrick, could form a long-term centre-forward unit at the club.

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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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