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Real Madrid coaches and board in disagreement over €48 million defender’s future, Premier League clubs interested

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With Real Madrid going all guns blazing in their pursuit of Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies, there will likely be at least one casualty from the current squad in the summer.

Should Davies arrive, Los Blancos would end up with three left-backs as they already have Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia in their squad. As such, one of them would have to be sold, with all signs pointing towards the former.

Ancelotti wants Mendy to stay, but board seeking a sale

A report from AS sheds light on the situation, claiming that the Real Madrid coaching staff, led by manager Carlo Ancelotti, and the club board do not see eye-to-eye when it comes to the future of Ferland Mendy.

The Frenchman has had injury issues aplenty but has been churning out some impressive performances of late. So much so that, Ancelotti, who has always been a strong backer of the player, went on to call him the best left-back in the game currently.

As such, the Italian and his staff are in favour of keeping Mendy at the club irrespective of Davies’ arrival.

Will Mendy stay or leave? (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

On the other hand, the Merengues board are leaning towards a sale as the defender’s contract expires in 2025, meaning this summer would be the final chance they can cash in on him if they do not offer him a renewal.

No shortage of interest

Even though there is a possibility that Fran Garcia might end up being sold, for now all signs point to Mendy leaving Real Madrid.

And there appears to be no shortage of interest in the French left-back as several Premier League clubs are understood to be keen and have enquired about his situation.

Mendy is a player who is amortised fully after arriving at the club in 2019 in a deal worth €48 million. And Real Madrid would seek a similar fee if they do decide to sell the Frenchman in the summer.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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