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Real Madrid legend hails Vinicius Jr, Camavinga: “Every team would want a player like him”

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Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League clash against Manchester City, former midfielder Claude Makelele has hailed Vinicius Jr and Eduardo Camavinga, praising the duo as fantastic talents.

Makelele, a former Real Madrid midfielder and a club legend, was in awe of Vinicius Jr and his talents, stating that any club in the world would love to have a player like him in their ranks.

“He is a fantastic player. Every team in the world would want to have a player like him. He’s amazing: he dribbles, he assists, he scores. He’s quick,” he said, as quoted by MARCA.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid icon also addressed the racial abuse that the Brazilian faces in La Liga, claiming that the club and the Football Federation need to support the 22-year-old.

“They are a small group of people who take cover in football in general. The club has to defend him and also the Football Federation. I also heard horrible comments on the pitch, but I tried to stay out of it.”

Moving to the topic of Camavinga, who has also played as a defensive midfielder this season, a position Makelele thrived in, the French legend said:

“Although he is now on the flank, he plays in my position. He’s a great guy, technical, very quick. He has learned a lot. I’m surprised how quickly he’s adapted to Madrid because it’s a very big club and it’s not easy. I see him as a footballer with a great future.”

Giving an insight into tomorrow’s contest between two of the biggest teams in Europe currently, Makelele insisted that Real Madrid remain the top dog for him, but warned that Manchester City have now learned how to win and succeed in the Champions League.

“For me, Madrid are still the best team in the world, but Manchester City have now understood how to play this kind of competition. But I am still a Madrid fan. City have a good chance,” he said.

“They lost, lost, lost…. And in the meantime, they won the Premier League and gained experience. Now Guardiola has understood that the Champions League is a different way of playing.”

Makelele even gave City a slight advantage over Real Madrid heading into the tie as he said:

“Madrid are different because they know what they have to do in this competition. They are used to playing two competitions in different ways.

“I would say City are more mature now. They have built a defensive unit, but at the same time they attack. They have also brought in Haaland, who is a lethal player in the box. They have a little bit of an advantage, 51 percent.”

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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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