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Ancelotti still counts on Real Madrid defender amidst Saudi Arabia interest – reports

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Fran Garcia will be Real Madrid’s starting left-back next season. The pre-season will be crucial in confirming his place on the roster, but it appears prima facie that the player has enough in his boots to lock in his name.

The one who stands to lose the most from this development is Ferland Mendy. The Frenchman’s future at the Bernabeu is crumbling as reports state that the club are looking to part ways with him at the earliest.

Amidst this, manager Carlo Ancelotti appears his best chance of staying at Real Madrid.

According to reports from AS, the Real Madrid manager maintains Mendy in his plans for next season. However, he sees the French international as a backup option to Garcia.

The coach suffered for most of the 2022-23 campaign, for Mendy’s regular injuries forced him to deploy Eduardo Camavinga at left-back. Heading into the new season, he wishes to ensure that such a situation does not recur and thus hopes to keep Mendy’s services.

Real Madrid do not see things the same way. The Spanish giants believe that a big offer from Saudi Arabia is incoming for the 28-year-old and will not hesitate to cut ties with him if a tempting proposal arrives.

At the moment, there is no plan to bring in a replacement if Mendy leaves despite Ancelotti’s request. In such a situation, the Italian would be left juggling with limited options not only in the forward department but also at left-back.

The coming days will be critical in deciding Mendy’s future and Real Madrid’s fate in defence for the upcoming season.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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