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Real Madrid negotiating the signings of two highly-rated teenage forwards

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After completing the required formalities for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, Real Madrid are now focused on reinforcing the Castilla, and for that, Malaga’s Loren Zuniga and Deportivo’s Noel Lopez have been identified as potential targets.

Spanish news outlet Diario AS says although Zuniga has a valid contract with Malaga until 2024, those sitting in Real Madrid’s offices have already begun talks for the summer transfer. The outlet also credits the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Juventus with an interest.

One good thing for Madrid, though, is that the player’s priority, in case he does leave, will be to play in Spain and sign for Real.

Noel Lopez, on the other hand, is proving out to be a tough nut to crack. It’s being said that Real have been trying to close his deal for months but their efforts haven’t really come to fruition.

Such has been Real’s interest in Lopez that the youngster was even invited to watch the team’s home game against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

However, the only thing hindering the progress is Atletico Madrid’s interest. And apart from the two Madrid teams, other foreign teams have expressed interest too.

AS claims Real’s interest in Loren Zuniga and Noel Lopez comes after two of their own Castilla players are on the verge of exits. This includes the likes of Juanmi Latasa and Andri Gudjohnsen.

While Latasa and Gudjohnsen still have contracts until 2024 and 2023 respectively, lack of first-team football means the duo is on the hunt to find new teams that fulfil their wishes.

At Real, they understand the situation quite well and believe at this stage, it’s completely fine to ask for a better place in the first team, but at this moment, there is simply no place for it.

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Ancelotti prefers retaining Real Madrid star over signing 23-year-old full-back

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As we close in on the summer transfer window, Real Madrid are set to face a massive dilemma in the left-back position.

The club’s desire to sign Alphonso Davies has been well-documented, with Los Blancos keen on taking advantage of the market opportunity.

Real Madrid’s initial idea was to sign Davies as a direct upgrade over Ferland Mendy in the left-back position.

However, Mendy’s superb performances during the second half of the campaign have now led to ideological differences between the club and the coaching staff, led by Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti chooses Mendy over Davies

A recent report from Sergio Gomez and Alfredo Matilla (h/t Madrid Zone) now suggests Carlo Ancelotti is unequivocally supporting the prolonged stay of Ferland Mendy.

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This comes shortly after the Italian tactician proclaimed Mendy as the best left-back in the world. The defender has also received praise from his French national team captain and future Real Madrid teammate Kylian Mbappe.

As per the report, Ancelotti, if given the choice, would prefer to renew the contract of Mendy over acquiring the services of Davies, who is already into the final 12 months of his contract at Bayern Munich.

Ferland Mendy himself will have his Real Madrid contract expire by 2025. There have been no talks of a renewal either, despite his excellent performances during the 2024/25 campaign.

It remains to be seen whether or not Ancelotti’s open support for the Frenchman will have any bearing on the club’s plans.

Another potential tailwind for Mendy could come in the form of Davies potentially staying at Bayern, at least until 2025. It would delay Real Madrid’s pursuit, thus giving Bayern more time to try and convince the Canadian international to prolong his stay in Bavaria.

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