Real Madrid head into the 2023-24 campaign with two left-backs in their ranks. Fran Garcia will likely begin the season as the regular starter in defence, while Ferland Mendy’s role could be largely restricted to the bench.
The French international has been far from his best in recent seasons, giving the club enough reason to believe that he lacks what it takes to play for Real Madrid. With the future of their left-back department relatively insecure, Alphonso Davies has emerged as a serious candidate to arrive in the coming transfer windows.
The Canadian international is one of the world’s best young left-back talents. He has lit Bayern Munich’s left flank in recent seasons and possesses a good blend of defensive resilience and attacking flair.
According to reports from Tobi Altschaffll and Christian Falk of BILD, talks between Bayern Munich and Davies over a renewal remain at a standstill. The Canadian International wants to stay this summer and decide his future based on how the coming season goes for him.
If the defender fails to reach an agreement with the Bavarians, a departure in June 2024 is a real possibility. Real Madrid are interested, and alert, to the opportunity.
The 22-year-old is currently on a contract with the Germans that expires in the summer of 2025. This will place Real Madrid in a strong position during any negotiations next year.
In 26 league appearances for Bayern Munich last season, Davies scored one goal and provided four assists. Further, he averaged 1.7 key passes and over five defensive actions per game.
All eyes will be on Fran Garcia for now and how the new signing fares at left-back this season. The management have high hopes for the Castilla graduate.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”