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Real Madrid closely monitoring 21-year-old Bayern Munich speedster – report
According to journalist Jose Felix Diaz on MARCA, Real Madrid are closely monitoring the progress of Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies.
The 21-year-old joined the Bavarian giants from Vancouver Whitecaps in January 2019 and has quickly become one of the most exciting young left-backs in Europe, due to his searing pace, athleticism and attacking contributions.
Even though the Canadian international has had to deal with injury issues in his career, he remains very highly rated in the footballing community and Real Madrid, in particular, are keeping a close watch on the Bayern Munich speedster.
Real Madrid have several options for the left-back position currently in the form of Ferland Mendy, David Alaba as well as Nacho Fernandez, while manager Carlo Ancelotti has also hinted at the possibility of using Antonio Rudiger in the role if required.
But, it must be noted that Alaba is largely seen as a centre-back while Nacho’s contract is on the verge of expiry and renewal talks have stalled.
Meanwhile, talks over a contract extension with Mendy have also halted due to his excessive wage demands. It has opened up the possibility of signing a new left-back in the future if the Frenchman is sold by the Merengues.
And, as per the report, Davies is being tracked closely by the current Spanish and European champions. The 21-year-old is contracted with Bayern Munich until the summer of 2025, so luring him away from the Allianz Arena will not be straightforward.
For now, though, there is no indication that Real Madrid will try to sign him in the summer of next year. Jude Bellingham remains the top priority for Los Blancos for 2023, while they are also working to resolve the contract situations of veteran stars like Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Davies, at this point, is being tracked. And it remains to be seen if a future move is on the cards.
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Real Madrid held talks with Thomas Tuchel before he signed for Bayern Munich
Before he was hired by Bayern Munich as the direct replacement for Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel was closely linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
The German tactician had kept a close eye on the development at Santiago Bernabeu, especially with coach Carlo Ancelotti facing immense pressure following the club’s poor performances in domestic competitions.
A recent report from Jorge Picon has offered more details on the Tuchel saga, suggesting that the coach was even learning Spanish during his time at Ibiza, anticipating a potential move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
There were even contacts made between Tuchel’s entourage and Real Madrid. Although the talks were positive, the two sides were not able to reach an agreement.
Real Madrid did not guarantee him the job. They had informed Tuchel that Ancelotti may continue at the Bernabeu in the event the club win the UEFA Champions League this season.
This bit of uncertainty played a critical role in convincing Tuchel to join Bayern Munich instead. The former Chelsea boss was hired as a direct replacement for Nagelsmann, who was sacked after a poor season in the Bundesliga by the club’s high standards.
However, Tuchel’s move to Bayern appears to be a missed opportunity on the German’s part, as Real Madrid have recently intensified their search for a new manager.
It is clear that the club’s hierarchy is yet to reach a consensus over the future of Ancelotti, with some believing that a change is necessary come the end of the season. In fact, the club’s president Florentino Perez has been an admirer of Tuchel’s compatriot Nagelsmann.
The coaching prodigy is one of the candidates to replace Ancelotti in the summer, though it is Mauricio Pochettion who is reportedly leading the race so far.