Fran Garcia is the latest addition to Real Madrid’s star-studded defence. The youngster returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in recent days after an impressive stint at Rayo Vallecano and appears to possess a well-rounded profile.
Yet, Carlo Ancelotti is understandably sceptical of his team’s left-back situation. Ferland Mendy was largely underwhelming last season, lost in alternating spells of injuries and poor form. At no point in the campaign did he look to be one of the decisive players on the field, after all.
Garcia offers more consistency and superior contribution in the final third. Nevertheless, the Italian tactician’s doubts over the new signee are warranted and will persist until he proves himself in training and pre-season.
With the future at left-back unclear, Real Madrid turned on the heat in the transfer market hoping to sign a new star. Alphonso Davies, in particular, interested Los Blancos.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Zone), the chances of the Canadian moving to Madrid this summer are slim. Bayern Munich do not place him on the market and see him in their plans for next season.
The Merengues could, of course, reroute themselves on the market and look for alternate names. However, Florentino Perez seldom considers that an option.
The Real Madrid president is a man of few choices. Once a profile interests him, he seldom detracts from the course and persists until he has his man.
Alphonso Davies’ story could, thus, tread the same lines as Kylian Mbappe’s transfer saga. Los Blancos want only the very best in their setup, and with Davies promising everything an ideal full-back can provide, one can expect the club to stick with his transfer even next summer, especially considering that he will enter the final year of his contract in 2024.
In 26 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich last season, the Canadian international scored one goal and provided four assists. Further, he averaged 1.7 key passes per game and created two big chances.
For now, Davies’ transfer to Real Madrid appears difficult, but it will not come as a surprise to see them go after the Bayern Munich ace next year.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”