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Real Madrid identify three candidates to take over penalty duties for new season – report

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Karim Benzema has got off to a fine start to life in Saudi Arabia. The former Real Madrid man has scored three goals in his first three games for the club and is enjoying life in Asia.

The story for Real Madrid has not been as sweet. The Merengues are still reeling from the loss of their lethal striker, with Carlo Ancelotti trying everything in his capacity to fill the void.

Benzema’s departure has left Los Blancos without a neat finisher and struggling in front of goal. The Frenchman was also the team’s primary penalty specialist during his final years at the club.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, there are three candidates well-placed to take over the spot-kick duties.

Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes would appear as the primary candidates to fill Benzema’s boots. Luka Modric is also a promising candidate considering the penalty duties.

An impeccable record

Last season Benzema took ten penalties for Los Blancos across all competitions and scored nine of those opportunities. The only occasion on which he missed was in the 1-1 draw to Osasuna when Sergio Herrera went the right way.

The season prior, the French striker put away a staggering 11 penalties, missing four in the process.

In fact, he has failed to score from the spot only eight times in his career while finding the back of the net 40 times.

Where do the contenders stand?

Vini, Rodrygo to take over from Benzema. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Rodrygo Goes was said to be the manager’s best choice to step up for spot-kicks earlier this summer. The youngster has already stepped up to the spot thrice for the Merengues and scored on all three occasions.

Modric, with years of experience under his belt, is more seasoned on that front. He has 22 penalty goals to his name across his illustrious career, missing just four in the process.

Vinicius Jr, surprisingly, has never taken a spot-kick for Los Blancos in a competitive encounter. He failed to score from the spot during the recent pre-season El Clasico against Barcelona, while he has stepped up twice for Brazil, scoring once and missing on the other occasion.

Given Benzema’s track record from the spot, Real Madrid will certainly miss their former captain. And it will be now up to Rodrygo, Vinicius, and Modric to ensure that the goals continue to flow from 12 yards out.

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  1. Pat Grey

    August 5, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    Vinicius is not a penalty taker, and never should be. He lacks the self confidence in front of goal. Only Modric and, to some extet, Rodrygo, should take penalties for Madrid. Leaving penalty kicks to Vinicius will be a disaster, neber mind how much the old coach loves Vinicius.

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Report: Real Madrid reactivate interest to sign €50 million-rated defender

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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to reactivate the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Spanish football giant has shown interest in the Canadian star for quite some time but has yet to seal the deal. Now, following the conclusion of the Copa America, Real Madrid are reigniting their efforts to sign Davies.

Before the Copa America began, Davies mentioned that he would postpone any decisions about his future until after the tournament. 

With the competition now over, his future remains a hot topic for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are keenly monitoring the situation.

Real Madrid will not meet Bayern’s demand

Real Madrid are hesitant to meet Bayern Munich’s asking price of €50 million for Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025. 

Negotiations between Bayern Munich and Davies’ agent have been ongoing, but they haven’t reached an agreement. Davies is reportedly seeking a significant salary increase, rumoured to be around €20 million per season, which Bayern Munich has declined.

Alphonso Davies is likely to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of this stalemate, Bayern Munich’s management has decided to withdraw their renewal offer, risking the possibility of Davies leaving for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

This development has opened the door for Real Madrid, who are preparing to make an offer that could potentially satisfy Bayern Munich’s demands.

Davies is likely to leave

In Germany, the consensus is that Davies is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Real Madrid being the most probable destination. The situation is fluid, but it appears that the Spanish club is in a strong position to acquire the talented Canadian defender.

For Real Madrid, securing a player of Davies’ calibre would be a significant boost to their squad. The club is known for its aggressive transfer strategies, and bringing in a player like Davies aligns with their goals.

As the summer transfer window progresses, the focus will remain on the negotiations between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Both clubs have a lot at stake, and the outcome will depend on their ability to find common ground regarding the transfer fee and Davies’ salary demands.

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