Less than 24 hours after Real Madrid’s smashing El Clasico win, several of the team’s players will feature at the Ballon d’Or gala in Paris. After winning both the UEFA Champions League and La Liga last season, it is not surprising that so many of Los Blancos’ stars are nominated for various awards.
The prestigious Ballon d’Or is likely set to be hoisted by Karim Benzema on the night in what will be the second time a Real Madrid player wins the award in four years. Moreover, that is not the end of the celebrations for Los Blancos as Thibaut Courtois is the favourite to win the Yashin award given to the best goalkeeper.
Coming off spectacular individual seasons, not many can argue with the Real Madrid duo picking up the awards. Benzema was pivotal to his team’s success last season, scoring 44 goals and providing 15 assists across all competitions.
He stepped up on the big nights and pioneered several comebacks en route to his side’s UCL win.
At the other end, Courtois held strong between the sticks. In the final of the European competition, it was the Belgian who produced a man-of-the-match performance and clinched the title for Real Madrid.
While the shot-stopper missed El Clasico yesterday through injury, Benzema was again on point scoring the hosts’ opening goal and having another disallowed early in the second half. Needless to say, both players continue to be vital to Ancelotti’s plans this term.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.