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Real Madrid to choose between Ancelotti’s trusted lieutenant and Bayern Munich speedster



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Journalist Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that there is a growing thought within Real Madrid that the team can only accommodate one of Ferland Mendy or Alphonso Davies

Over the past few weeks, Mendy has not put a foot wrong and has rightly earned the accolades of his teammates, the coaching staff and his teammates.

At the same time, though, the prospect of signing Davies is exciting the Real Madrid fans and although the Canadian would indeed bring joy, the team from the Spanish capital is beginning to worry about certain things.

Mendy wants to stay

It is to be noted that the reason why Madrid decided to go for Davies was because Mendy, who has a contract until 2025, did not agree to the earlier contract proposal.

Mendy has managed his career strategically and now, he is seeking a renewal that he previously avoided.

The French defender has made it clear that he plans to stay at Real Madrid as he feels content and respected both on and off the field. Manager Carlo Ancelotti trusts him greatly and wants to keep him.

Ferland Mendy wants to stay at Real Madrid. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Real Madrid recognize that Davies could be a smart acquisition, but they also value Mendy’s versatility and skill.

The financial aspects of a possible transfer will depend on how both full-backs are evaluated in the upcoming Madrid vs Bayern Champions League tie.

Ferland Mendy vs Alphonso Davies vs others

Real Madrid face a decision about their left-back position, as there may not be room for both Mendy and Davies. This is why they feel having both players may not be the best choice.

On the other hand, Fran Garcia is also involved in this situation. He started the season strong but has played less recently.

 However, he has performed well and is content to wait for opportunities, as he still has four years left on his contract. While he wants to play more, he remains patient.

Lastly, the fourth player in the mix is Miguel Gutierrez, currently at Girona, for whom Real Madrid have an €8 million buyback option which could be triggered. Even if it is done, he is likely to be transferred.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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