Real Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy summer ahead. The club have been rocked by news of Marco Asensio’s potential exit, with Paris Saint-Germain on the verge of securing his services in the coming summer.
Karim Benzema might follow suit as the veteran forward is strongly considering a move away from Santiago Bernabeu, even though he was close to extending his contract at Real Madrid earlier this year.
Now, COPE (h/t Madrid Xtra) is claiming that another Real Madrid player, who will not be out of contract this summer, could shockingly leave the club at the end of the season.
It might not necessarily be bad news for Real Madrid, though, considering there are multiple first-team stars that the club would like to get rid of. Eden Hazard tops the list, but it appears the Belgian has his heart set on remaining at the Bernabeu until 2024.
Therefore, a more logical candidate could be Ferland Mendy. The left-back has become an unwanted figure at Real Madrid, following his struggles with injuries. Many have also pointed out his limited potential.
This has led to speculations linking him with a move away from the Bernabeu, with Arsenal among the clubs interested in his services. Real Madrid, for their part, appear willing to sanction the sale of the left-back this coming summer.
The club have also kickstarted their pursuit of a new left-back, with Alphonso Davies emerging as the potential candidate. However, signing the Canadian international could prove to be tricky, even though his contract renewal talks with Bayern Munich have been postponed until next year.
Real Madrid, though, have brought back Fran Garcia, who will join the team at the start of next season. It remains to be seen whether the youngster has what it takes to become a prominent fixture in the Real Madrid starting eleven next season.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.