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Real Madrid left-back injured again after ’forcing’ himself several times

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Marcelo’s decline over the past two years has been incredibly steep. The Brazilian headlined an era for the Madrid based side, and it seemed impossible to fathom how the void left by his departure could be filled.

However, Ferland Mendy has proven to be more than capable of taking over duties at left-back. The French international has been solid in defence whilst simultaneously opening new doors for his team in the final third.

The effect of Mendy’s absence was seen in El Clasico. On the night, Real Madrid suffered against Ousmane Dembele on the left flank, giving the Blaugranas the upper hand.

Though Mendy has been consistent on the field, his fitness has been worrying. The fullback has been having groin discomforts since January and has still not recovered completely.

According to Sergio Quirante, his discomfort relapsed during Madrid’s clash against Celta Vigo. Yet, Mendy pushed himself through it for the subsequent game against Chelsea. As a result, he was forced to miss the team’s trip to Getafe.

Despite not being completely fit, he once again played through the pain during the second leg against Chelsea earlier this week. Now, he is injured again and risks missing the upcoming clash against Sevilla.

Mendy had a poor outing on Tuesday against the London based side. Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek overwhelmed the 26-year-old before he was eventually replaced in the second half.

The Frenchman has started 18 La Liga games for Real Madrid this season, scoring one goal and providing one assist. He has created two big chances and averages one key pass per game.

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Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar

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Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.

It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.

During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.

Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker

Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.

In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.

“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri

Calhanoglu claims Kroos is below him and Rodri. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.

Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”

The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.

Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

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