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Real Madrid defender’s agent dismisses Saudi Arabia links: “It’s nonsense”

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Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy finds himself the latest big-name player being linked with a summer transfer to Saudi Arabia.

The 28-year-old left-back had a frustrating campaign in 2022/23 bogged down by injuries and inconsistent form. It has given way to speculations over his future, with reports suggesting that Los Blancos are prepared to sell him this summer if a good offer arrives.

Amidst this, there have been suggestions that Mendy has emerged as a target for clubs in Saudi Arabia and has even received calls from the Middle East over a potential transfer.

But his agent, Yvan Le Mee, has dismissed the idea of his client leaving Real Madrid for Saudi Arabia, branding the speculations as nonsense.

“The Saudi Arabia and Ferland Mendy thing? No, there is nothing. New players are being announced every morning there who can play in Saudi Arabia. Soon it will be Mbappé in Saudi Arabia and so on,” Le Mee told L’Equipe du soir.

“There is nothing. Saudi Arabia is looking for all players, full stop. It’s nonsense. He’s at Real Madrid, it’s all good.”

Mendy arrived at Real Madrid from Olympique Lyon in 2019, with the club splashing €50 million on his signing. Having gradually taken over as the first-choice from Marcelo, the Frenchman enjoyed a solid few seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, the last season was a disappointing one for the 28-year-old as he spent most of it out on the sidelines and his performances when he was fit were far from the level expected.

Mendy still has two years left on his contract and a sale now would allow Los Blancos to recoup some of the €50 million that they spent on his signing. But judging by the left-back’s agent’s remarks, it appears that the player has no intention to leave the club at this moment.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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