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Real Madrid board not keen to offer defender a new long-term contract

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Ferland Mendy was one of Real Madrid’s key players last season as they cruised to La Liga, UEFA Champions League, and Spanish Super Cup success.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti constantly praised the French international, naming him the best defensive full-back in the world.

However, heading into the summer, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid is far from certain, given that the club are pursuing Alphonso Davies, while the Frenchman’s contract stands to expire in 2025.

Real Madrid board unsure of renewal

As has already been reported, Ancelotti and his staff are eager for Mendy to continue at Real Madrid, irrespective of how their pursuit of Alphonso Davies goes.

However, as per The Athletic, the Real Madrid board is not in favour of offering the 29-year-old a new long-term contract with improved wages – something that the player desires.

Mendy’s future is far from certain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

As mentioned earlier, the former Olympique Lyon full-back’s contract expires next year and while he had previously turned down renewal offers, he is understood to be open to a long-term renewal with an improvement in salary.

But with the club hierarchy not in favour of such a move, Mendy’s future remains in limbo.

As per previous reports, Mendy is attracting interest from PSG and some clubs in the Premier League. So, there is a possibility that Real Madrid could end up cashing in on him if a suitable offer comes along.

As things stand, though, sources close to the Frenchman’s camp indicate that there will not be any significant movement until he returns from the UEFA Euro 2024.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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