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Real Madrid defender turns situation around, club ready to extend his contract

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After a difficult last season where he was considered one of the most disposable players in the Real Madrid squad, Ferland Mendy has flipped his situation entirely.

Admittedly the current campaign was a slow burner for Mendy, with the Frenchman missing almost two months due to injury, but he made a stellar comeback at the turn of the year in the Spanish Super Cup.

And his performances in 2024 have been consistently bright, which has now increased the likelihood of a contract renewal.

Renewal in sight

Now, according to Spanish news outlet MARCA coach Carlo Ancelotti has requested that Ferland Mendy remains with the team, and the club’s leadership intends to extend his contract, which currently runs until June 30, 2025.

Due to the 28-year-old’s ongoing success, the club has prepared a proposal for a contract renewal, dispelling any doubts about an exit this summer.

Despite Real Madrid having their eyes on recruitment in the full-back position, the Merengues have not turned a blind eye to Mendy’s increasing worth and the balance he adds to Ancelotti’s team as a defensive stalwart.

Mendy’s significance to the team is evident in the fact that he’s on pace to match his record for most appearances in a season.

He has played in 33 games so far this year, with his career-high being 38 appearances.

Ancelotti has always vouched for Mendy

Ancelotti’s belief that Mendy is the best defensive full-back in the world is supported by the fact that the 28-year-old has been a constant presence in the Real Madrid lineup this year.

Moreover, reports previously also argued that Carlo Ancelotti is particularly keen on retaining Ferland Mendy permanently.

With the backing of the Italian coach and performances showing no signs of decline, Mendy’s continuity in the Spanish capital hardly appears to be in doubt.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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