Earlier today, Germany announced that they would be parting ways with their head coach Hansi Flick after a 4-1 friendly loss to Japan the latest blemish in Flick’s unfathomably poor stint in charge of the national team.
The former Bayern Munich coach, despite achieving unprecedented success with the Bavarians – leading them to a treble – just could not get his players going with Die Mannschaft.
The loss to Japan was their third loss in a row, and the Germans have failed to win any of their last five games.
In lining up replacements for the coveted job, German newspaper BILD has identified former Real Madrid icon and Champions League three-peat-winning coach Zinedine Zidane as one of the options to take over from Flick.
Other big names also being considered
Zidane’s illustrious history at club level and the respect he commands due to his stature as a player could be just the boost that a distraught Germany may need.
The group seems rather unmotivated and there seems to be no tactical system that is adequately suiting their needs despite the talent that they always possess.
Bernd Neuendorf, president of the DFB, noted in the official statement that letting go of Flick was a tough decision but something needs to change.
“The Council agreed that the team needs a new boost after recent disappointing results. We need a spirit of optimism and confidence ahead of the European Championship in our own country.”
Neuendorf also stated that it was one of the most difficult decisions of his term so far, but it was inevitable because sporting success always takes highest priority for Germany.
Jurgen Nagelsmann, Louis Van Gaal, Oliver Glasner and a couple more names are also in contention for the job.
Real Madrid full-back never considered summer exit, would retire at club if given chance
Ferland Mendy finds himself in a difficult situation at Real Madrid. The Frenchman has struggled with injury and fitness woes for a large part of the past year, leading to doubts over his future at the club.
In fact, it had been reported that Los Blancos were considering selling Mendy during the summer transfer window earlier this year itself.
But, such a move did not materialise and the 28-year-old has stayed put at the Santiago Bernabeu although reports suggest that he is likely to be on the move next year.
Mendy would retire at Real Madrid if he could
Despite there having been numerous reports about his future in the summer, The Athletic reports that Mendy did not consider the possibility of an exit at any point.
In fact, the report adds that if given a chance, the 28-year-old defender would retire at Real Madrid.
Mendy’s contract with Los Merengues expires in 2025 and he is understood to be seeking a renewal for a while now, but there has been no move made by the club.
The injuries that the 28-year-old has picked up are understood to be a major deterrent for Real Madrid, which is why they are already looking to reinforce the left-back position with Alphonso Davies next year.
Mendy enjoys Ancelotti’s trust
Despite the non-stop speculations surrounding him, Mendy continues to enjoy the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, as per the report, the Italian tactician has informed the Frenchman that he is the left-back that best fits the defensive requirements needed in the team.
Ancelotti’s decision to bench Fran Garcia in the UEFA Champions League game even though Mendy was unavailable and start David Alaba at left-back was taken as an indicator within the dressing room that the Frenchman remains the first-choice in the position.
So, it remains to be seen how the situation unfolds over the coming months, especially with Ancelotti’s future also uncertain as his contract expires in 2024.