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Real Madrid defender rejects first contract renewal offer – report



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Real Madrid left-back Ferland Mendy has turned down the club’s initial offer to renew his contract, claims a report from SPORT

This decision comes despite a significant shift in Mendy’s status at the club over the past two years. Initially, Real Madrid was considering selling him, but now they want to extend his contract. However, Mendy believes the offer they presented is not good enough.

Mendy’s situation at Real Madrid has seen a dramatic change, largely due to the support from the team’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti. 

Ancelotti has shown great faith in his abilities, which led to the club proposing a new contract. Despite this, Mendy has not agreed to the terms, feeling that the offer does not meet his expectations.

Negotiations are still on

Interestingly, Mendy has indicated that both he and the club are optimistic about eventually reaching an agreement that will satisfy both parties. 

Mendy’s journey at Real Madrid has been quite a rollercoaster and his struggles date back a couple of seasons. The French player asked the club for a salary increase and even threatened to leave if his demands were not met. 

Ferland Mendy has rejected a contract renewal from Real Madrid. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The club refused his request and told him that if he wanted to leave, he needed to bring an offer that matched the €48 million they paid for him in 2019. 

In his debut season, Mendy competed with Marcelo and ended up playing more games than the Brazilian, starting 25 matches compared to Marcelo’s 21. 

From that point on, Mendy secured his spot as the primary left-back due to his strong defensive skills, a quality that Ancelotti appreciated and continued to utilize. 

Request of a new contract in the past

By the end of the 2021-2022 season, Mendy requested a contract review with a pay increase, as he was among the lower-paid members of the squad. 

His contract is set to expire in 2025, but the club turned down his request, suggesting he leave if he could secure a similar offer to what they initially paid to Lyon. However, such an offer never materialized.

As of today, Real Madrid find themselves with several options for the left-back position. Besides Mendy, they are considering signing Alphonso Davies. There is also Fran Garcia, who has attracted Premier League interest

Additionally, there is the possibility of bringing back Miguel Gutierrez. While all these players may have stronger offensive skills compared to Mendy, none match his defensive capabilities.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury



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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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