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Ferland Mendy talks Mbappe, Vinicius, Real Madrid future, France NT

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Ferland Mendy was one of the surprising yet deserved inclusions when Didier Deschamps announced the French team for the upcoming European Championship.

Mendy, after all, is coming on the back of a stellar campaign at Real Madrid, as he notably helped Los Blancos secure the Champions League and the league title.

Earlier today, Mendy received praise from his French team captain and Real Madrid teammate Kylian Mbappe for the season he had.

Mendy on Real Madrid future

Ferland Mendy himself has now made a rare appearance before the press, where he most notably talked about his uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu.

“My future at Real Madrid? This is not a question that should be answered today,” Mendy said (h/t L’Equipe) when asked about his future at the club.

The Frenchman’s coy response goes in tandem with recent reports over Alphonso Davies’ potential move to Real Madrid in the near future.

Ferland Mendy is facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Whether or not Davies’ move to Real Madrid will impact Mendy’s future, though, remains to be seen, though reports indicate he might leave if the Canadian joins the club.

Speaking of Ancelotti, the Italian rates Ferland quite highly and had recently proclaimed him as the best left-back in the world.

When asked why the best left-back in the world does not start regularly for France, Mendy responded, “Honestly, I don’t know. I’ll talk about it with the coach.”

Mendy went on to talk about the change in his diet and nutrition plan that has helped the defender improve his performance and avoid injuries.

“I changed my routine a bit. I hired a nutritionist and that allowed me to avoid injuries,” Mendy revealed.

The defender was also asked to choose between Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Junior. Mendy, though, offered a diplomatic response, stating, “They are different profiles. I hope it goes very well.”

Finally, Mendy reiterated the fact that press conferences are not his thing, adding, “Enjoy the fact that I’m here. I prefer to avoid press conferences, it’s not my thing.”

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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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