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Real Madrid defender open to leaving despite feeling ‘well’ at the club



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Journalist Santi Aouna has affirmed that although Real Madrid left-back Ferland Mendy feels well at the club, he is open to leaving in the summer.

Mendy, 27, joined Real Madrid in June 2019 on a six-year contract for a fee potentially rising to €53 million with add-ons. Although he had a decent start to his new life, the Frenchman has slowly lost relevance, and his recent injury did no good for his career either.

At the moment, while Madrid have no particular complaints regarding his performance, they believe there could be a better option available in the market. So if that arrives, the team from the capital city will have to let him leave.

A week back, we reported that the full-back has attracted interest from Premier League sides, namely, Arsenal and Tottenham, but at the moment, there are no official offers on the table.

So as the rumours of Mendy’s exit gather pace, Aouna has confirmed that there is a waiting game going on at Madrid because up until now, there are no offers on the table.

“He is open to leaving Real Madrid. But he also feels well at the club, we must wait on this because there have been no offers and nothing is advanced with any clubs for the moment,” the journalist told Madrid Xtra.

It is rightly anticipated that if Mendy decides to continue, his playing time will hamper next season as the team will have a certain Fran Garcia to pick as well.

On the other hand, David Alaba is someone who can cover the left-back spot too, although the defender prefers to play centrally.

Above all, rumours are rife that Madrid are also exploring the option of signing Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies and if that happens, Mendy will certainly have no place in the team.

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Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga



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Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.

After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.

Ancelotti sets a target

While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.

And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.

Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.

And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.

As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.

And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.

After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.

Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.

Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.

It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.

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