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Real Madrid coaching staff sees 28-year-old star as ‘life insurance’ in defence – report

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Real Madrid’s left-back situation continues to be a worry. Carlo Ancelotti began the season with Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia as his two primary players in the position, but neither has lived up to the expectations set by the manager.

Despite having both players fit, Ancelotti has often deployed Eduardo Camavinga at left-back on the big nights and it is clear that both players lack in the attacking aspect of their game.

Optimism around the Frenchman

According to reports from MARCA, many members of Los Blancos’ coaching staff see Mendy to be a form of ‘life insurance’ for the defensive department.

He provides a sense of security in the squad for they see him as a player capable of giving the perfect balance in the defensive line.

After all, Real Madrid have Vinicius Jr. down the flank to make any required attacking inroads. As a strong defender, Mendy’s shortcoming in the final third is not as big an Achilles heel as initially described.

Despite the faith in the Frenchman, however, Florentino Perez & co. appear hesitant to commit to a contract renewal.

Mendy’s deal in Madrid runs out in June 2025, and there has still been no offer from the club to extend the defender’s contract.

Operation Davies

Madrid remain interested in Mendy. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Perez’s delicate stance on Mendy, in part, is because Real Madrid have their eyes on Alphonso Davies for the coming summer.

With uncertainty in the air in Munich over the Canadian’s situation, the men in white are playing the waiting game.

As relayed earlier today, Davies is currently holding off Bayern Munich’s tempting renewal offers in the hope of pushing for a move to Real Madrid.

With his contract running out in 2025, the coming summer transfer window could well be his best chance to make the switch.

If the Merengues end up signing the talented left-back from Canada, it could well mean the curtains closed for Mendy. Needless to say, the Frenchman’s future will only be resolved next summer.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report

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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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