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Real Madrid considering left-back exit due to Spanish defender’s signing

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Ferland Mendy might be one of the most criticised Real Madrid players. However, it is evident that the team struggle without him for he is their only left-back option.

For all his shortcomings in the final third, the Frenchman has been reliable in defence and has come in handy to hold the fort. With Mendy out through back-to-back injuries, it is not surprising that the opposition are trying to exploit the weak link at left back.

Given that the former Lyon man is Los Blancos’ only natural left-back option, their decision to place him high on the transfer list is puzzling. Fabrizio Romano brings clarity on the subject and explains the same.

According to the Italian journalist, Fran Garcia’s signing from Rayo Vallecano earlier this season is one of the main reasons as to why Ferland Mendy’s situation at Real Madrid is open. The club trust in the former Castilla star and see him as a viable option to take over as the starting left-back next season.

Garcia has been a lethal weapon down Rayo Vallecano’s flank this season, starting all 32 of their La Liga games so far. He has scored two goals in that process and also provided three assists and averages 90 minutes per game.

Defensively, Garcia has overseen nine clean sheets while making 1.2 interceptions, two tackles, 1.2 clearances and four duels won per game.

The 23-year-old is clearly a bigger asset defensively than going forward. However, given that he is just 23 years old, there is enough time for him to hone his skills to Ancelotti’s liking.

Earlier this week, reports stated that Los Blancos were willing to sell Mendy if a good offer arrived and Nacho Fernandez renewed his deal. Developments are expected in the coming weeks as Mendy moves closer to an exit, especially given Camavinga and Nacho’s ability to cover for Garcia next season.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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