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Real Madrid ready to sell 27-year-old ace in the summer if veteran defender renews

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The idea of a defensive full-back is now one of the past. Modern-day football rewards players who boast versatility and a more diverse portfolio, and the full-back position is one where the aforementioned theorem applies best.

The new-world full-back requires an astute sense of space, movement and passing in the final third with a killer instinct in the attack. Yet, there is little room for compromise on the defensive side of things.

When Real Madrid signed Ferland Mendy from Olympique Lyonnais in 2019, he was seen as one of the brightest young talents in both aspects of the game. However, his stint at the club so far has been hit and miss.

According to reports from Cadena SER via AS, the Frenchman’s future at the Spanish capital is uncertain. If Nacho Fernandez renews his deal with Real Madrid and a good offer for Mendy arrives, the club will not hesitate to sell him in the summer.

Truth be told, Mendy’s career at Madrid has not been the chaotic shipwreck the media portrays. The 27-year-old has delivered even under the highest of pressure with no signs of cracking and the 2022 UCL final is a prime example.

However, his inability to work on his weaknesses, as well as his injury and fitness issues, have seen the Merengues run out of patience.

Defensively, the former Lyon man is usually always on point. However, his contributions in the final third are negligible and it is often Vinicius Jr who wages a lone war down Real Madrid’s left wing.

On top of that, Mendy’s injury woes this season have been a major issue for Los Blancos. The French international has missed almost as many games as he has played due to multiple injuries.

With Fran Garcia arriving in June, Mendy does not appear well-placed to hold onto his starting position next season. Moreover, Nacho Fernandez and Eduardo Camavinga serve as reliable backups upon need.

With the French full-back being reduced to the status of a surplus player, a departure is increasingly likely. Yet, one knows that everything will boil down to the transfer fee clubs are willing to shell out for his services.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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