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Real Madrid defender could return to national team after almost two years

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Ferland Mendy has had a fine season at Real Madrid. Even though there have been many doubters, the French left-back has always had the trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti, which he has repaid this season.

Injuries have been an issue for the ex-Olympique Lyon man in the past, but this campaign he has been able to stay fit for the most part and has thrived in the team.

So much so that Real Madrid are contemplating the possibility of handing Mendy a new contract after having previously thought about selling him in the summer.

A return to France setup on the cards?

Now, as per journalist Andres Onrubia on AS, Mendy’s good performances for Real Madrid could even earn him a recall to the French national team for the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 28-year-old left-back has not played for France for almost two years with his last game in Les Bleus’ colours coming in September 2022.

Could Mendy play at the Euros? (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The defender has never enjoyed the full confidence of France manager Didier Deschamps, resulting in him making only nine appearances for the national team.

However, Deschamps could be forced to reconsider his position as far as Mendy is concerned, first due to the Real Madrid ace’s performances this season, and second due to the injury of Lucas Hernandez.

The PSG man is out with a serious knee injury leaving Deschamps with a decision to make regarding his left-back for the Euros this summer.

While it is suggested that Aston Villa’s Lucas Digne could get the call-up, Mendy’s return to the national team, especially after his performances this season, is not entirely ruled out.

Deschamps will make the announcement of the squad next Thursday, with Mendy’s Real Madrid teammate Eduardo Camavinga expected to be on the list.

Aurelien Tchouameni’s situation remains to be seen following his injury earlier this week that has ruled him out for 3-4 weeks.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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