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Real Madrid eyeing changes in the summer after Man City debacle, but Ancelotti’s job safe

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Real Madrid have historically seldom faced humiliation. They may not have always won the competitions they participate in, but every exit has usually come with some grace or solace.

Manchester City’s 4-0 destruction of Carlo Ancelotti’s men is thus a big deal. Los Blancos found themselves at the wrong end of a masterclass display and were not just outplayed but embarrassed.

Florentino Perez is understandably fuming at the situation and reportedly did not even talk to any of the players after the match. All signs point to a long-drawn summer transfer window.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Carlo Ancelotti’s job is safe but the administration are looking towards changes in June. The objective is to build a strong enough squad to ensure that such a result does not repeat.

Jude Bellingham is close to becoming the club’s first signing ahead of the new campaign. While the English midfielder will go a long way in undoing Real Madrid’s midfield woes that were evident last night, his signing will not be all.

Los Blancos fell short in every part of the field last night, but it is likely that the club will prioritise the signings of a striker and a full-back as their first priority.

Alphonso Davies and Kylian Mbappe are two superstars who have been linked with moves to the club on that front. While their transfers in June looked unlikely so far, there now appears to be a bigger chance.

For his part, Ancelotti is set to stay put at Real Madrid next season and the board do not see the result last night as his failure. In fact, he even addressed the topic of his future in the post-match press conference saying,

“The club president was quite clear 15 days ago. So nobody has any doubt. What the president tells me privately I’m not going to say here.”

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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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