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Real Madrid full-back misses training, doubt for Super Cup clash vs Valencia

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Having already been without two first-team regulars in Aurelien Tchouameni and David Alaba, Real Madrid may have been dealt with a further injury setback.

According to journalist Jorge C Picon, Ferland Mendy did not train with the rest of the team in Riyadh today ahead of their Spanish Super Cup semi-final clash against Valencia. It seems the left-back is suffering from an overload and is a doubt for tomorrow’s match.

Mendy has been a permanent fixture for Carlo Ancelotti in the left-back position this term even though he has had his ups and downs on the pitch.

The French international had a disappointing game this past weekend against Villarreal, which the Merengues ended up losing. Despite that, he was in contention to start against Valencia tomorrow, especially with Alaba having been ruled out of the tournament with an injury.

But Mendy’s absence from training today creates a major headache for Ancelotti, as his involvement against Valencia is now under clouds of uncertainty.

The manager could be forced to rely on Nacho Fernandez at left-back in case Mendy does not require in time, while he has also used Antonio Rudiger as a makeshift left-back on occasions this season.

Alvaro Odriozola would also be an option after he started in the position against Cacereno in the Copa del Rey. However, the Spaniard was also seen training by himself today, which could indicate that he too has some fitness problems.

Meanwhile, Alaba and Tchouameni had been ruled out of the Super Cup earlier this week. The pair has not even travelled with the squad after picking up injuries to their soleus muscle, which is set to keep them out of action for three weeks.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

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Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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