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Real Madrid enter race to sign 26-year-old Barcelona target – German sources



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Carlo Ancelotti has laid his complete faith in the right-back position in Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez in the ongoing season. However, the plan is not sustainable in the long run given that both players are on the wrong side of 30.

The former continues to be the team’s best option on the right of defence but has had persistent fitness problems. Vazquez, on the other hand, is not even a natural defender. 

Keeping the situation in mind, the Bernabeu administration have decided that the right-back position will be prioritised in the upcoming transfer window.

And according to reports from Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg, Los Blancos have set their sights on Benjamin Pavard of Bayern Munich and see him as a feasible option.

The French International has seen a fall in stocks at Bayern Munich in recent times. He even lost his place on the French national team this past World Cup, despite being a prominent member of their triumph in 2018.

Pavard’s contract with the Bavarians keeps him at Allianz Arena until the summer of 2024, and the player does not intend to renew his deal in Germany. Thus, the doors are open for Real Madrid to sign him for a bargain fee in June.

Having the dynamic ability to play both in the central and right side of the defence, the former Stuttgart man would be the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. 

Real Madrid are not the only club eyeing his signature this summer, with arch-rivals Barcelona said to be heavily interested too. The Catalans, in fact, are said to be in a prime position to snap up his services come June, having made contact with the Frenchman already.

Interestingly, Ancelotti’s side are not only eyeing the Bayern right-back but also the German side’s left-back Alphonso Davies, albeit for the summer of 2024.

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Atletico striker hoping Bellingham has an off day during derby: “He is at a great level”



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Speaking to DAZN (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata admitted that Real Madrid midfield superstar Jude Bellingham is performing at a great level.

Real Madrid take on Atletico in La Liga on Sunday in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano and without a doubt, Bellingham will pose a huge threat for the Rojiblancos.

Alvaro Morata hopes Bellingham as a quiet outing

Ahead of the blockbuster encounter on Sunday, Morata, who is Atletico’s main striker, admitted that Bellingham has great quality.

“I saw him last year in a few games, the truth is that he caught my attention. I saw him in his team and in his national team, and talking to people who had played with him, teammates he has, you could already see that he was a great player,” he said.

However, the former Real Madrid striker added that he hoped that the England international has an off day during the derby.

“The truth is that he is at a great level, we can only hope that he doesn’t do well and that we also have very good players to counteract that. We hope he doesn’t have a good day on Sunday,” Morata stated.

Bellingham fit and ready to go

Fit and available for derby. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Bellingham has been the in-form player for Real Madrid this season with six goals and an assist in six matches across all competitions.

So, naturally, there were concerns when he did not complete the training sessions on Friday due to stomach issues.

But, the 20-year-old returned to training today and Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that he will play against Atleti tomorrow, with the Englishman named in the squad list as well.

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