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Real Madrid forward hails veteran teammate: “The best I’ve played with”

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Brazil are set to kickstart their FIFA World Cup campaign later this evening as they take on Serbia at the Lusail Stadium.

One of the players expected to play a crucial role in this game is Real Madrid star Rodrygo, who has recently published his story in the Players’ Tribune.

Among other things, the youngster talked about Luka Modric, offering key insights into his dressing-room interaction with the Croatian international. He also hailed the midfielder for his quality and longevity, even at the age of 37.

“Luka began calling me ‘hijo’. Sometimes I call him ‘padre’. Like my actual dad, he can be a pain in the as*. He is on us, all the time. But that’s what it’s like at Madrid. You have to work. You never stop,”  Rodrygo said.

The Brazilian went on to describe one incident, adding, “We keep joking with Modric that he’s old. Casemiro once said that my dad was soon turning 36 then Luka was like, ‘Really? Then you have to respect me because I could have been your father’.”

Rodrygo has been playing with Modric for over three years now, having joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2019. The attacker hailed the ageing Croatian, claiming he is the “best I’ve played with.”

Rodrygo’s story on the Players’ Tribune comes just a day after Croatia’s opening day draw with Morocco in the World Cup, where Modric was unable to steer his side to all three points.

Many will expect Rodrygo’s Brazil to avoid that scoreline when they take on Serbia later tonight. However, whether or not Rodrygo will be given a start by head coach Tite remains to be seen, although his Real Madrid teammate Vinicius Junior is almost destined to start this crucial encounter.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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