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Vinicius tipped to beat Bellingham, Mbappe to the Ballon d’Or by former striker

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Emmanuel Adebayor is widely regarded as one of the most eccentric footballers of the past decade.

A striker by trade, Adebayor, during his two-decade-long career, played for clubs like Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Monaco and Crystal Palace, among others.

One of Adebayor’s fondest spells, though, came at Real Madrid. At least that is what the player claimed in a recent interview with MARCA.

Adebayor on his time at Real Madrid

“I love Madrid and I think it is reciprocal. Madrid will be in my heart forever. I was happy and enjoyed my time at Real Madrid a lot,” Adebayor proclaimed.

The former striker played for Real Madrid between January 2011 to July 2011. He was brought in by Jose Mourinho to add more substance to the Los Blancos frontline.

Adebayor heaped praise on Mourinho, proclaiming the Portuguese tactician as the best manager he ever worked with.

“Mourinho is the best coach I have ever played for, I would do anything to protect his name. He is a wonderful person and a great coach. When he chooses you, he will go to war with you and that’s what I like about him,” he said.

Talking about his short spell at Real Madrid, Adebayor relieved some of his best moments at Santiago Bernabeu, including working with multiple stars at the time.

“Real Madrid always had great players – Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Di Maria, Benzema. I learned many things from them and they also from me,” said Adebayor, who even expressed his desire to return to Santiago Bernabeu.

Adebayor looks back at his time at Real Madrid (Photo by DANI POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

“I had some incredible moments in Madrid, with great players and a very good atmosphere. It would be a pleasure for me to return to Madrid,” he said.

Adebayor on current Real Madrid setup

After he was done reminiscing about his past spell at Real Madrid, Adebayor offered his thoughts on the current setup and how they reached the UCL final.

“When you arrive at Real Madrid you realize what it is. You feel it. Nobody thought they would eliminate Manchester City and they did, Bayern Munich too,” he said.

The former Tottenham striker was asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid this summer.

Adebayor backed the Frenchman to succeed at Santiago Bernabeu, but hinted that he would have liked him to move to the Premier League, stating,

“Kylian is a world-class player. He has proven it by winning the World Cup and many other titles with PSG, playing brutal football in the Champions League.”

“Everyone knows that the Premier League is the best league in the world. I have had the opportunity to play in La Liga. I can give him advice, but the decision is his, all football lovers wish him the best of luck, wherever he goes he has to show his football,” he said.

Adebayor on Ballon d’Or

Adebayor went on to offer his thoughts on the Ballon d’Or title and who may win the prestigious trophy between Mbappe, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius.

To one’s surprise, the former Real Madrid striker backed Vinicius to win the Ballon d’Or title, ahead of both Bellingham and Mbappe.

“I love Mbappé. I am very close to the family, but what Vinicius is doing now is simply incredible. Jude Bellingham did it for several months, but now Vinicius,” he said.

“If you ask me today I would tell you that I am going with Vinicius. His mentality of never giving up regardless of the situation, continuing to fight for the result, that’s what he’s been doing for several years,” he added.

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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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