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Roberto Carlos opens up on Marcelo’s development at Real Madrid

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Roberto Carlos and Marcelo are amongst the all-time greats at Real Madrid. The Brazilians are rightly considered to be the best left-backs to have graced the game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

As revealed in a documentary via Amazon Prime (h/t Madrid Xtra), Roberto Carlos spoke about playing with Marcelo and the role he had on the latter’s development.

“I can’t say I was Marcelo’s mentor, he did it all himself. I tried to help him. I continue try to help him became the best left-back not only in Real Madrid’s history but in the world [history],” said Carlos.

Carlos played 11 seasons for the Galacticos from 1995 to 2007, winning three UEFA Champions League titles and four La Liga trophies. His legacy was thought to be irreplaceable until Marcelo continued the magic on the left flank with his unreal attacking contributions.

The left-back has won four Champions League titles and as many Club World Cups in his time at Madrid. Add to that five La Liga trophies and five Spanish Super cups amongst others and Marcelo has a strong case to be called the greatest left-back in the club’s history.

This season, the Brazilian has been far from his best, however. Age is catching up with the Real Madrid legend, and his physical and sporting decline has been very steep.

His game against Villarreal is proof that his time as an elite footballer is coming to an end. However, one hopes that he gets the grand and fitting farewell that he deserves.

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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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