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Real Madrid youngster names Luka Modric and Neymar as his idols

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Despite starting two games on the bench, Rodrygo Goes has been one of Brazil’s standout players in the Word Cup. His red-hot cameos earned him a start against Cameroon, but the game, unfortunately, ended in a loss for the Selecao.

The 21-year-old is yet to score and has provided one assist so far in the competition, averaging two shots and one key pass per game.

He recently gave an interview (h/t GOAL Italia) in which he spoke about his role models in both club and country setups. 

The Brazilian winger shed light on his special bond with Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and how the Croatian international served as a guide and role model for him.

“I talk a lot with Modric. I ask him for advice and observe his way of moving. He is a player I focus on a lot, a reference.”

Having the support and trust of the dressing room goes a long way in helping a young talent blossom without pressure. Rodrygo revealed how Brazil icon Neymar served that role in the national team.

“Neymar congratulated me at the end of the match vs. Cameroon. He told me to continue like this despite the defeat and to not think about what happened. To leave it behind and look forward.”

The Real Madrid starlet has never hidden his admiration for Neymar and has openly called him his role model. In his recent interview, he reiterated the same one again saying,

“Neymar showed so much confidence in me before the game vs. Cameroon. He’s a teacher and he is my idol. It’s an honour to play with him.”

Opening up on the loss to Cameroon and how it impacts the team’s mindset going further into the tournament, Rodrygo added:

“The defeat against Cameroon has a positive interpretation: it puts us on notice and serves as a lesson. It’s good that it happened in a match that mattered relatively less.

“With Korea, it will be a very difficult match. In June we faced them in a friendly and it ended in a goal glut, but the match was more difficult than the result says.”

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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