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Real Madrid defensive mainstay staring at uncertain future despite resurgence in form

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After missing out on a place in the French National Team for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy has improved his stocks significantly to earn a place in the squad for the Euros.

Now called up for the event in Germany with mainstay Lucas Hernandez ruled out, it is even likely that the left-back is a regular starter for Didier Deschamps’ side in the all-important event.

Mendy has been on a good run of form for Real Madrid in recent months and was a key pillar in the team’s stunning double last season. As revealed by Mundo Deportivo, however, his future at the club level is still unclear.

Time running out

The 29-year-old’s current contract with Real Madrid runs out in June 2025 and the Spanish media outlet confirms that there has been no contact between the club and the player to discuss a possible renewal yet.

Part of the reason for the stalling of contractual talks could be that Los Blancos saw the defender as transferable, especially given their pursuit of Alphonso Davies this summer.

Mendy’s future still uncertain. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Considering the pioneering role he played for the team last season including 37 games and stellar defensive performances under pressure in the UCL, the Merengues could well change their mind.

A decision to be made

The biggest factor influencing Mendy’s future, needless to say, is Real Madrid’s operation to sign Alphonso Davies. Bayern Munich refuse to part ways with the player, but the men in white are not ones to back off either.

Recent meetings between Davies’ entourage and the Bavarians left many feeling that a renewal was a possibility. After all, Bayern improved their offer to the player albeit still less than what he demands.

Recent reports, however, reveal that Real Madrid have renewed their interest in the full-back as they see him as one for the long haul. With the player’s contract running out in 2025, the time is right to pull the trigger.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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