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Real Madrid have not offered renewal to defender despite player being seen as important by the staff

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Real Madrid’s results this season may be impressive, but that does not hide the fact that there are glaring deficiencies in the squad. From the thin defence to the relative lack of options in the final third, squad depth is a section the club must soon look to improve.

The left-back position is another department suffering from a relative deficiency of resources on that front. Los Blancos may have Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia as viable options, but both players come with their own sets of limitations.

Heading into the summer, a new signing is thus seen as a fundamental requirement. The future of Mendy, in particular, appears to be in jeopardy.

Fitness troubles

As relayed by MARCA in a recent update, Ferland Mendy is loved within the club. However, his regular muscular injuries, three this season to be precise, have affected him deeply.

The Frenchman’s contract in Madrid ends in 2025 and he is yet to receive a renewal offer from the board. 

Everyone in the staff and the club offices is aware of what he brings to the table and the defensive balance he offers. In fact, many in the management see him as ‘life insurance’ for the defence.

Yet, a renewal does not appear to be on Real Madrid’s agenda considering the player’s fitness struggles and relative deficiency in the final third. 

The summer expedition

Real Madrid have several big-name targets for the upcoming summer transfer window including Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. Arguably the next biggest name the Merengues are eyeing is Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian left-back has established himself as one of the best in the business in recent years and is known for his blistering pace on the counter.

Needless to say, he would be an ideal fit for Real Madrid’s style of football which has lacked an attacking left-back for years.

It is an open secret that Davies wishes to join the Spanish giants, although it will not be easy to push a move through. After all, Bayern Munich are going all out to renew the player as per recent reports.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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