Real Madrid have upped the ante in their pursuit of Alphonso Davies in recent days. What initially emerged as a slim possibility is now one of the club’s primary objectives, and the offices at Santiago Bernabeu are committed to making it a reality.
According to reports from Florian Plettenberg, Bayern Munich are not interested in selling the full-back this summer and have not placed him on the market.
However, Los Blancos are keen on his signing. In fact, David Alaba is one of the players pushing for the transfer to unfold.
The centre-back knows Davies well from his time at Bayern Munich and sees him as an optimal solution for Real Madrid’s troubles at left-back. While he indeed has a large role to play in pushing Carlo Ancelotti in favour of the move, he is also exploiting his good relations with the full-back to trigger movement from the other end.
The Canadian international produced three goals and eight assists in his 38 matches last season despite facing repeated stints on the sidelines through injury. His fitness may be a concern, but he is one of the world’s best in terms of quality.
Los Blancos have suffered in the left-back department for years now. They never really recovered from the departure of Marcelo, and Davies could just be the man who fits the bill in terms of attacking output.
Heading into the new season, Ancelotti will have the newly arrived Fran Garcia under his command as a novel option to deploy at left-back. The coming pre-season, thus, will be critical for the manager to understand the profile he recently acquired.
Ferland Mendy too appears set to continue for the 2023-24 campaign. However, the Frenchman’s departure will not come as a surprise, especially if talks with Bayern Munich over Davies progress.
Real Madrid full-back never considered summer exit, would retire at club if given chance
Ferland Mendy finds himself in a difficult situation at Real Madrid. The Frenchman has struggled with injury and fitness woes for a large part of the past year, leading to doubts over his future at the club.
In fact, it had been reported that Los Blancos were considering selling Mendy during the summer transfer window earlier this year itself.
But, such a move did not materialise and the 28-year-old has stayed put at the Santiago Bernabeu although reports suggest that he is likely to be on the move next year.
Mendy would retire at Real Madrid if he could
Despite there having been numerous reports about his future in the summer, The Athletic reports that Mendy did not consider the possibility of an exit at any point.
In fact, the report adds that if given a chance, the 28-year-old defender would retire at Real Madrid.
Mendy’s contract with Los Merengues expires in 2025 and he is understood to be seeking a renewal for a while now, but there has been no move made by the club.
The injuries that the 28-year-old has picked up are understood to be a major deterrent for Real Madrid, which is why they are already looking to reinforce the left-back position with Alphonso Davies next year.
Mendy enjoys Ancelotti’s trust
Despite the non-stop speculations surrounding him, Mendy continues to enjoy the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, as per the report, the Italian tactician has informed the Frenchman that he is the left-back that best fits the defensive requirements needed in the team.
Ancelotti’s decision to bench Fran Garcia in the UEFA Champions League game even though Mendy was unavailable and start David Alaba at left-back was taken as an indicator within the dressing room that the Frenchman remains the first-choice in the position.
So, it remains to be seen how the situation unfolds over the coming months, especially with Ancelotti’s future also uncertain as his contract expires in 2024.