Real Madrid have been a hub of activity in the summer thus far. Four players joined the team while four others hit the exit door. Meanwhile, several others have signed new contracts.
However, there are likely to be more departures in the coming weeks and Ferland Mendy has been one of the names linked with a move constantly.
A recent report by MARCA, the left-back is a big ‘doubt’ to continue at Real Madrid. His future is uncertain, and his physical condition especially worries the Merengues.
Mendy’s performances in the past season seem to have swayed the hierarchy towards a potential sale of the 28-year-old.
Real Madrid are willing to study offers for the Frenchman this summer because he spent the majority of the previous season battling form and fitness issues.
Meanwhile, the report also states that Mendy wants a contract renewal, which is set to expire in 2025. But Los Blancos are yet to table a new offer, deeming him as a transferable asset at the moment.
Following fluctuations in his performances and Real Madrid’s desire to obtain a more offensive full-back like Alphonso Davies, they see it fit to sell the Frenchman.
However, Mendy’s market value has dropped significantly in a way that if Real Madrid decided to sell him, it would be exceptionally difficult to recover the €50 million they signed him for.
Knowing he will be a free agent in two years, though, Madrid are likely going to urge the player to accept any incoming offers and accept a reasonable transfer fee that recovers some of the fee they paid to Lyon, his former club, back in 2019.
Bellingham reacts after Real Madrid 1-0 Union Berlin: “Every day I’m very grateful to be here”
Just over a month into the 2023/24 season, Jude Bellingham is already the toast of the town in Madrid.
Indeed, the 20-year-old midfield prodigy has made a sensational start to life as a Real Madrid player and the story continued last night on his UEFA Champions League debut for the club.
With the game against Union Berlin seemingly headed towards a draw, Bellingham found himself in the right place at the right time to turn home a late winner in stoppage time and send the Santiago Bernabeu into a state of frenzy.
The England international is making it a habit of scoring late winners for Real Madrid and is basking in all the admiration that is coming his way.
Following yet another match-winning performance, which led to him being named the MVP of the game, Bellingham spoke to the club’s media and said:
“It was a good win. It was a tough match, they were very well-organised at the back. It was frustrating at times, but we knew we had to keep insisting and try to find those gaps.
“We missed a lot of chances, but in the end, I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to score.”
On his dream start to life at Real Madrid with six goals in six games, Bellingham said: “I am very happy. Every day I am very grateful to be here. I come with a smile on my face, happy to learn from my teammates and to keep winning. Winning is the most important objective here.”
“I didn’t expect a start like this. I was confident in doing things well and, so far, it’s going very well. I’ve got my feet firmly on the ground and I’m calm. I hope it continues like this,” he later added.
The 20-year-old sensation also opened up on the goal he scored last night to win it for Los Blancos against Union Berlin, saying:
“I thought I had to follow the ball, just like against Getafe. They’re not aesthetic goals, but you have to be there to score them. Now it’s my turn to take advantage of those moves, but we’re a team and we help each other with the moves. That’s key.”
Talking about the atmosphere at the Santiago Bernabeu on a Champions League night, Bellingham could not hide his joy at experiencing it as he said:
“It’s the best. I thought La Liga was going really well until I heard the noise after the goal. I’m crazy about the support of the fans. You don’t know how big this club is until you are part of it. Hopefully, I’ll be here for many years to come.”
Signing off, he had a few words about Real Madrid’s start to the season, with six wins in six games across all competitions, saying:
“It’s the most important thing. At the beginning of the season, we would have signed it. We have to maintain this level and carry this rhythm into the next game. We all have to continue with this level of play because we have a lot of games ahead of us.”