Marcelo’s departure from Real Madrid left a void that was seemingly impossible to fill. A young talent from France stepped forward and took the burden of sealing that gap, but with every passing week, it becomes clearer that it is not Ferland Mendy’s cup of tea.
Truth be told, the left-back has not done much wrong. He has been solid defensively for Los Blancos throughout his spell in Madrid but just lacks the X-factor going forward which is a necessity for any fullback at Real Madrid.
According to reports from ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are now having serious second thoughts on Ferland Mendy. They are unsure about not only his attacking ability but his overall form this season.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Los Blancos were eyeing Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich as a possible recruitment for 2024 to help solidify the position. However, a move for him seems unlikely as Die Roten will not sell him.
At the same time, Real Madrid are also considering re-signing Fran Garcia from Rayo Vallecano following his impressive showing in La Liga over the past year.
As for Mendy, he has played 11 La Liga games for Real Madrid this season and has provided just one assist in that period. Further, he averages merely one key pass per game.
He was not called up to the French National Team for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar last month, and it is clear that his stocks have gone down.
While manager Carlo Ancelotti trusts him, the Frenchman will have to up his game immediately post the restart of club football to convince everyone behind the scenes that he can continue to be Real Madrid’s first-choice left-back for years to come.
Real Madrid considered signing 25-year-old Bundesliga defender on loan after Alaba’s injury
David Alaba’s ACL rupture towards the end of 2023 sent a wave of sudden panic within the Real Madrid coaching staff and during the January transfer market, the team from the Spanish capital explored several opportunities.
In that context, a report from AS has affirmed that Real Madrid considered signing Union Berlin’s Diogo Leite on loan until the end of the season, but the move and the entire thought eventually died out.
Real Madrid liked what they saw
Leite was identified by Real Madrid as a player with significant potential, possessing excellent ball control, and having demonstrated his capabilities at the highest level.
However, rather than exploring a permanent transfer, the possibility of a loan until the end of the season was under consideration, taking into account the specific circumstances faced by Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Notably, the 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both matches against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu (1-0) and at his home (3-2) in the Champions League group stages.
Summer move not being considered
Leite, a product of FC Porto youth academy, has gained valuable experience under Pepe’s guidance while at the Portuguese club which made him Union Berlin’s fourth most expensive signing in history.
As of today, though, Real Madrid’s summer transfer target list excludes central defenders, with the exception of Rafa Marin, who is on loan to Alaves.
Interestingly enough, Leite has garnered a strong reputation in the Bundesliga, and sources indicate that Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen is expressing interest in acquiring his services.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the likes of Eder Miliato and Alaba would return by the beginning of the next season and with Antonio Rudiger also available, the centre-back positions would be more or less covered.