Earlier today, Real Madrid released their 28-man squad list for the pre-season tour in the United States. The manager called up almost all the available first-team players but the name of Borja Mayoral was excluded.
According to Arancha Rodrigues of COPE, the player will indeed be a part of Los Blancos’ pre-season but will directly join them in Los Angeles one day late.
The reason for his exclusion from the squad list is that Mayoral cannot travel until the 21st of July. The forward only received his second dose of the COVID vaccine on July 8 and at least 14 days must pass before he is permitted to travel overseas to the United States.
Carlo Ancelotti views the striker as a solid backup for Karim Benzema and has him in his plans for next season. However, his future is still in the air.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Borja Mayoral’s future depended on the situation of Mariano Diaz. The Spaniard will be on the departure list if the Dominican Republic international decides against leaving this summer.
The 25-year-old striker has almost continuously been on loan moves since 2016, with his most recent stint being at Getafe. He played in 18 league games for the La Liga side, scoring six goals and providing one assist.
There is little doubt that the Real Madrid academy product is highly talented. However, Ancelotti does not wish to keep two backups for the same position, placing his future in jeopardy.
Needless to say, Mayoral will have a chance to cement his place in the squad through impressive performances in the pre-season.
Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report
Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.
Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.
The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.
A potential departure
As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.
Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.
Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.
In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.
As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.
As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.
Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.