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Real Madrid defender out for at least a month due to latest injury – report

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If the 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona was not enough, Real Madrid have been dealt yet another setback ahead of the new season.

According to Onda Cero, Ferland Mendy is set to be ruled out on the sidelines for at least a month due to a fresh hamstring injury.

A disastrous year for Ferland Mendy

Mendy picked up the knock during a recent friendly against FC Barcelona, where Real Madrid were thrashed 3-0. The defender had a horrid time on the pitch, eventually ending the game limping off to the sidelines.

This recent injury is the latest setback for Mendy, who has endured a disastrous year so far. The defender’s progress has been marred by injuries, which has also impacted his role in the team.

The Frenchman started off the year with a muscle injury in January. Shortly after returning to full fitness in March, he picked up another ankle injury in April.

Now, it appears the left-back is once again set for a spell on the sidelines, following his latest hamstring knock.

More misery for Mendy

How will it impact Mendy’s future?

It is no secret that Mendy is not one of the most important players in Real Madrid right now. The defender has fallen behind in the pecking order since the turn of the year.

Following the return of Fran Garcia, Mendy’s role in the team was expected to dwindle further next season.

Now, after the injury, it remains unclear how it will impact the fullback’s future. Many consider him the only sellable option in the first team this summer.

However, with Mendy currently injured, Real Madrid may have a hard time finding a suitor in the market.

The Frenchman was linked with a move to Saudi Arabia earlier in the month, but the rumours have since died down. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how things pan out in the coming weeks.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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