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Real Madrid make inquiry for Bayern Munich defender, player wants to play as a CB

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Real Madrid have already started their big 2023 summer window clearout, with several players having already left the club in the last two days. Their rollout started with Marco Asensio, eventually leading to Mariano Diaz and Eden Hazard on the same day.

Then the big one came, as Karim Benzema announced his decision to leave the club since his contract is up this summer. The Frenchman is expected to join Al-Ittihad on a €400 million deal, plus privileges.

In the coming days, they could announce departures for Dani Ceballos and Nacho as well, both of whom become free agents this summer.

Evidently, defence is not Madrid’s biggest priority. While they potentially need a new left-back, especially if Ferland Mendy stays, the rest of the backline is pretty much sorted for the next season.

As such, it is surprising to see Georg Holzner’s (h/t MadridXtra) report saying Real Madrid have made an inquiry to sign Benjamin Pavard in the summer. The Frenchman becomes a free agent next year, and could potentially be sold this summer.

While Pavard has largely played as a centre-back for Bayern through his tenure, he no longer wants to continue in that position. He wants confirmation from his next club that he will be deployed as a centre-back.

Before joining Bayern, Pavard almost exclusively played as a centre-back for Stuttgart, but was extensively used on right for the French National Team. He also won the 2018 World Cup as a starter for France in that position.

Real Madrid are not the only club interested in the 27-year-old, though. Barcelona also have the player on their radar for the summer, while Manchester City and Manchester United are also considering a move this summer.

Pavard has scored four goals this summer for Bayern across 30 Bundesliga appearances, while setting up a solitary teammate.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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