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Ancelotti-favourite Real Madrid defender has offers from PSG and Premier League sides

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In addition to standout performers like Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr., many underappreciated stars at Real Madrid played crucial roles in the team’s success last season.

One of them was Ferland Mendy, who enjoyed a resurgence in the left-back position and was instrumental to the Merengues for much of 2024.

The Frenchman’s contributions were pivotal in helping the team secure the Spanish Super Cup, La Liga, and the UEFA Champions League

Despite earning immense praise from coach Carlo Ancelotti, who even called him the best defensive full-back in the world, Mendy finds himself at a career crossroads.

Mendy evaluating a possible exit

Indeed, according to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin (h/t RM4 Arab), Mendy has received offers from Paris Saint-Germain and several Premier League clubs, as he faces a critical decision over his future.

Ferland Mendy could leave Real Madrid. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Mendy’s sturdy, defensive style contrasts the profile of attacking full-backs preferred in England, complicating the possibility of him joining the Premier League.

It is claimed that Mendy has turned down Real Madrid’s renewal offer, holding out for a better deal. As such, the 29-year-old could also part ways as a free agent next year if a contract extension or sale does not materialize.

This contractual standoff has broader implications for Real Madrid’s squad planning. After all, the potential arrival of Alphonso Davies raises questions about his coexistence with Mendy.

In fact, reports have previously made the case that Mendy could be shown the exit door in the event Davies is signed, as there would be a potential overbooking in the squad.

As such, Mendy’s future in the Spanish capital appears to be up in the air. It remains to be seen if Los Blancos will hand out an improved contract offer or cash out on him this summer in light of his interest from abroad.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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