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Alphonso Davies snubbed as Real Madrid's summer plans shift focus

Real Madrid's meticulous planning for the 2024 summer transfer window has taken a notable turn.

Initially eyeing Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies to strengthen their left-back position, the Spanish giants have now decided to halt their pursuit of the Canadian star. 

Despite their long-standing interest in Davies, Real Madrid are shifting their focus following a resurgence within their current squad.

The decision comes after a season plagued with injuries to their defensive line. Ferland Mendy faced recurrent setbacks, while Eder Militao and David Alaba suffered ACL tears. 

This spurred rumours that Madrid were keen on reinforcing their defence, with Davies and Lille's promising centre-back Leny Yoro being top targets. Yoro, only 18, has already been marked with a hefty €100 million price tag.

However, a report from COPE reveals that Los Blancos are content with their existing squad. The turning point has been Mendy's remarkable comeback in the latter half of the season. His performances have earned him a starting spot and the confidence of coach Carlo Ancelotti, which has also revived his prospects for the French national team in the upcoming Euros.

"Ferland has shown incredible determination and skill to reclaim his place," Ancelotti commented to media. "His form in recent months has been outstanding, and he's pivotal to our plans."

Antonio Rudiger has also enjoyed an exceptional season, and with Militao back to full fitness, the urgency to sign a new centre-back has diminished. Madrid's defensive solidity has allowed the club to reconsider their transfer strategy.

The primary focus remains on securing Kylian Mbappe, a move that has been in the making for over half a decade. The French forward's potential signing is seen as a transformative addition to Madrid's attack.

Once the Mbappe deal is finalized, Madrid might explore additional forward options and potentially a midfielder, especially if veterans like Dani Ceballos and Luka Modric decide to leave. But for now, the pressing need for a left-back or a centre-back has been shelved.

Real Madrid's decision to forego immediate signings of Davies and Yoro underscores their confidence in the current squad's depth and quality. With a Champions League final appearance and a remarkable 99-point campaign in La Liga, the team's recent performance justifies this strategic pivot. The summer will undoubtedly be eventful, but Madrid seems poised to build from a position of strength rather than desperation.

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