Alphonso Davies is a household name in world football at this point. The Canadian international has firmly established himself as one of the best full-backs in the world by virtue of his blazing pace and trickery down the flank.
The youngster was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid earlier this summer. It is no secret that Los Blancos have suffered at left-back in recent seasons, with Ferland Mendy not providing the required output in the final third.
According to reports from Rodra (h/t Los Blancos Live), Davies is still on the Merengues’ list. The club plan to go for him next summer and rope him in to reinforce the left-back position.
Renewal talks at a standstill
As reported last month, talks between Bayern Munich and Davies over a contract renewal are currently at a standstill.
The left-back, whose market value stands at €70 million, wishes to stay this summer and commit to the Bavarians only after gauging his prominence and performance.
Moreover, Davies is aware of Real Madrid’s interest in his signing and wishes to keep the door open. Signing a new deal would hand Los Blancos a significant blow.
The 22-year-old is currently on a contract with the Germans that expires in the summer of 2025. Next summer, with only one season left on his deal, Real Madrid can assume the upper hand in negotiations.
All eyes are on Fran Garcia
Mendy’s disappointing form and fitness place him out of Ancelotti’s starting lineup as it stands.
Fran Garcia, who recently returned to the club from Rayo Vallecano, has taken the upper hand in the pre-season and will be a starter in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
Last season, the 23-year-old played 38 games in La Liga, scoring two goals and providing three assists in the process. Moreover, he oversaw nine clean sheets with over nine defensive actions per game.
The Spanish ace has the potential to become a key player for Real Madrid, but irrespective of how he fares, the likelihood is that the club will go for Davies and potentially offload Mendy.
Video: Real Madrid vs Las Palmas ends in dispute between Ancelotti and star forward
Real Madrid’s game against Las Palmas this midweek was an important one for the club.
The Spanish giants secured a 2-0 victory over the Canaries. But more importantly, the game witnessed the return of Vinicius Junior, who was coming back from an injury.
However, it was not the most pleasing return from the Brazilian, who had an altercation with head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Dispute ends without a handshake
A video has surfaced recently which shows that Vinicius Junior and Ancelotti even ended the game without even shaking hands.
The altercation started when Ancelotti was seen talking to Vinicius, asking him to play more freely.
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Vinicius, though, was not happy with the Italian’s tactics. He pointed out his disagreement with Ancelotti and highlighted the team’s lack of structure.
Ancelotti continued to yell at the Brazilian, asking him to play a certain way. The matters turned worse when Vini continued to turn his back on the Real Madrid coach.
After the final whistle, the Brazilian international did glance past Ancelotti without even shaking his hand.
Ancelotti under pressure
This is a worrying sign for Real Madrid and an indicator that the team is not entirely happy with Ancelotti, who has faced criticism despite a relatively good start to the season.
Although the Real Madrid board has continued to back the former AC Milan and PSG coach, the Italian is certainly running on thin ice.
The upcoming games against Girona, Napoli and Osasuna could be crucial as Real Madrid look to maintain their winning momentum, especially following a derby defeat to Atleti.
In the meantime, Ancelotti must definitely have a word with Vinicius and calm the Brazilian, knowing the attacker could play a key role in revving up the team’s offensive unit in the coming weeks.