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Real Madrid interested in Bayern Munich defender to replace Ferland Mendy



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Ferland Mendy has been the first-choice left-back at Real Madrid for a few seasons now, especially after Marcelo’s tenure started to go south. The Brazilian ended up at Olympiacos in the summer of 2022, and is currently playing for his boyhood club Fluminense.

As for Mendy, the Frenchman is still a starter for Madrid, but his performances have been far from convincing. He is often criticised for not being offensively adept enough to help out Vinicius Jr on the left-wing, leaving the winger isolated against defences.

As such, Madrid have been considering selling Mendy in the summer, as per a report by Mundo Deportivo. Los Blancos are keeping tabs on several players to replace the 27-year-old, including Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies.

Madrid have been keeping an eye on Davies’ situation over the past few years since his breakthrough season in 2019/20 as the Bavarian side went on to life the treble.

Davies has since established himself as one of the best left-backs in Europe, even though he started his career as a right-winger. This season alone, he has one goal and four assists in 22 appearances in Bundesliga.

His contract with Bayern expires in the summer of 2025, and it would be nearly impossible to acquire his signature. The Bundesliga giants are more than keen on retaining his services for the next few years.

They have recently gone under managerial transition as well, with Thomas Tuchel replacing Julian Nagelsmann as the head coach of the team. The former Chelsea boss will be looking to using Davies as part of his team for this season and beyond.

Madrid are, therefore, also looking at other players they could sign instead of Davies. Valencia’s Jose Gaya is on the list while Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong is being considered as the long-term right-back solution.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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