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Injured Real Madrid duo likely to return after the international break – report

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Real Madrid have enjoyed a positive start to La Liga after Barcelona dethroned them in the Spanish league last season.

With two wins in two games against Athletic Club and Almeria, the Merengues are looking to reclaim their position as table toppers.

However, despite the excellent results so far, Real Madrid have been without some of their key men as injuries claimed many of their victims ahead of the season.

Real Madrid duo’s return inbound

Now, according to MARCA, two of the absentees, Dani Ceballos and Ferland Mendy, are closing in on a return.

The pair is set to return after the international break for the match against Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Mendy and Ceballos missed out on the opportunity to establish some rhythm in the pre-season.

The midfielder suffered a blow in the pre-season and did not travel to the US for the friendlies while the left-back sustained an injury during the Clasico against Barcelona in the States.

Closing in on a return. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

The pair have missed the Merengues’ first two matches of the season, but have resumed light work with the ball, which has generated optimism about their imminent return.

However, Real Madrid staff do not wish to rush their return and will likely wait until after the international break to reintroduce them into the scheme of things.

Before the international break, the Royal Whites face two games against Celta Vigo and Getafe, and both Mendy and Ceballos might not be ready for those clashes.

Once they do return, they are not expected to immediately find a starting role, but Madrid will breathe a sigh of relief knowing their depth has been significantly bolstered with these taxing schedules and extensions after each half draining the current starters.

With back-to-back games against difficult opponents in Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid after the international break, Los Blancos will be keen to have their players back in the squad list as they fight to achieve a dominant season domestically.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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