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Real Madrid eyeing La Liga club captain to strengthen left-back position



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For a fair few seasons, Barcelona had been interested in signing Valencia’s Jose Gaya as their long-term solution at left-back. However, Jordi Alba’s performances, plus the Spaniard’s high price tag meant the transfer never came to fruition.

With Alba’s contract expiring in 2024, though, this could have been the perfect time for Barcelona to swoop in for Gaya.

However, almost out of nowhere, across the pre-season, Barcelona were taken aback by a certain Alejandro Balde, who has now become their first-choice left-back over Jordi Alba.

Luckily for Gaya, Real Madrid are looking to sign a left-back in the summer to reinforce a problem position. The Valencia captain’s name has been gaining strength at the club, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Madrid’s interest in Gaya comes on the back of their disappointment with Ferland Mendy. The Frenchman has not performed according to expectations and could be sold come summer.

Madrid are also keeping tabs on Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, but they know poaching him from Bavaria will be next to impossible. Since there are not many alternatives available on the market, Gaya could turn out to be Madrid’s choice.

The Spaniard will also be available at a slashed price in the summer considering Valencia’s position in the league. The Spanish giants are sitting in 18th place in La Liga, and if relegated, could be forced to sell some of their priced assets on a discounted price.

While the problems persist at left-back, Madrid will also look to bolster the right-back position. While Daniel Carvajal is expected to stay, he could be demoted to second-choice in the pecking order, with the likes of Jeremie Frimpong and Reece James on their radar.

Either way, with more than two months left for the transfer window to open, Madrid will continue to scour the market in the hopes of coming up with ideal plugs to all their holes.

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Ancelotti talks Benzema, Kane, Fran Garcia, Ceballos ahead of Real Madrid vs Athletic Club



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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that club captain Karim Benzema is ready to play his side’s last league game against Athletic Club while also citing that one must not forget that the Frenchman still has one more year left on his current deal.

Speaking ahead of Madrid’s final game of the 2022/23 season, the manager spoke on several aspects, including the team’s transfer plans, Benzema’s future and his own continuity.

When asked about Benzema, the manager said (h/t SPORT), “Benzema is ready to play tomorrow, he’s recovered.” He went on to add, “I agree with Benzema. Internet is not the reality. He has another year on his contract. I think it’s clear.”

At the same time, he subsequently admitted that Benzema is mostly on his way out. “The legends of this club have to retire at Real Madrid. This is what I believe and what the club believes. But the player maybe doesn’t think the same.”

In terms of the squad for the upcoming game, he mentioned, “We want to say goodbye to our fans. They’re all ready to play. Only Mariano won’t be there, the others are fine. We want to finish in the best possible way. Then we’ll rest and prepare for next season.”

Meanwhile, Benzema’s potential departure would mean Madrid will look to sign a new number 9. In this regard, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is said to be on the list and while addressing the same, the Italian said,

“Harry Kane? I’m sure you all are curious to see what will happen next season. But Kane is a Tottenham player and we have to respect this.”

He went on to add, “I think we’re going to have a different squad [next season]. There are players whose contracts are running out, but it will be a competitive squad and one that makes me very excited.”

Furthermore, the manager also confirmed that he will be at Real Madrid next season. “I’m happy at Real Madrid. No problems with the club. I’m very happy to continue and we will try to do better next season.”

Madrid’s main man also went on to admit that he cannot make everyone in the squad happy. 

“It is true that some have had little prominence, but I have tried to keep all the players motivated. It is impossible to keep them all happy. Sometimes you have to put up with that discontent from the players. I feel that there are some who have played very little.”

Speaking about the plan for the next season, he added, “Next year’s squad will be very competitive. Obviously there are contracts that expire and there will be different players. But it will be competitive.”

“Yes, it’s true — Fran García will be our first signing,” Ancelotti confirmed, but refused to talk about Brahim Diaz’s potential arrival.

“Brahim Díaz? I can’t say anything on him right now, I can’t comment…”.

He also revealed that the likes of Nacho and Dani Ceballos will decide their own fate. “They know what we think of them. I think they have everything very clear. They are waiting for the end of the season to decide what they want to do. Everything is in their hands.”

When asked about Brahim Diaz, he simply said, “I can’t talk about him right now.”

Lastly, when asked how much would he rate the 2022/23 season, he said, “It’s difficult to rate yourself. What I can say is that it’s been a very long season. We’ve worked hard and sometimes I haven’t always been able to transmit a very high level of motivation. 

“It’s not It’s easy to motivate every three days. I’ve given everything I could give. I put myself on a positive note, but next year I’m going to do better,” he concluded.

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