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Real Madrid new boy has an advantage over 28-year-old star ahead of next season



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Real Madrid’s young and dynamic setup does not have many flaws. The squad appears stacked across all departments, and there remain very few voids for the administration to target and replenish.

One such weak link in the team has been at the left-back position. Ferland Mendy arrived at the club in 2019 as a long-term successor for Marcelo. However, it is now increasingly clear that the Frenchman does not have the required ceiling to remain the Merengues’ starting left-back for long.

The 28-year-old has been rock-solid in defence for the men in white more often than not, but his attacking deficiencies concern the management. After all, Los Blancos need lethal players on the flanks as the kings of counter-attacking football.

Florentino Perez approved the return of Fran Garcia midway through the 2022-23 campaign to place Mendy under pressure. The Spanish full-back arrived earlier this month and will feature in the upcoming preseason campaign.

According to reports from AS, Garcia has the advantage over Mendy to be the team’s starting left-back next season.

The French international will thus be reduced to a bench player next season, with most of his minutes likely coming as cameos. After all, Garcia was one of La Liga’s most consistent left-backs last season.

The 23-year-old played 90 minutes in all 38 of Rayo Vallecano’s league games last season, scoring two goals and providing three assists in the process. He averaged over eight defensive actions per game and oversaw nine clean sheets in that duration.

If Garcia fails to meet the expectations next season, Los Blancos will likely go all out for Alphonso Davies in the summer of 2024. After all, the Canadian international is one of the three players they see as a critical part of their long-term plans.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga



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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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