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Real Madrid star likely to miss out from the France squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022

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With just weeks left before the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off, a host of nations across the world have already started listing out their final squads.

Many Real Madrid players have already been selected for their respective nations, including the Brazilian trifecta of Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo. More are expected to follow, including Luka Modric of Croatia and Federico Valverde of Uruguay.

However, according to L’Equipe, one Real Madrid player that is likely to miss out on the World Cup is Ferland Mendy. The Real Madrid full-back is unlikely to be selected by Didier Deschamps for the French team, which is filled with competitions.

This could serve as a massive blow for Mendy, who has become a crucial member of the Real Madrid backline since joining the club in 2019. The full-back has already featured in over 120 competitive matches for Los Blancos, racking up five goals and 15 assists.

Mendy’s exclusion from the French squad, therefore, will greatly disappoint the former Lyon starlet. In his stead, coach Deschamps is likely to opt for alternatives such as Theo Hernandez and Lucas Digne.

Deschamps’ decision will not come as a surprise, though, as Mendy has never had a fulfilling international career. Since making his debut in 2018, the defender has only won nine caps for Les Bleus, which is quite low for a player of his calibre.

And with the French squad having no shortage of competition, the exclusion of Mendy will not surprise many as the world champions look to retain their crown in the coveted competition.

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  1. Hosi Gungunhana

    November 9, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    I really don’t understand why Mendy is regarded as “best left in the world”…
    Honestly speaking, I’ve watched most of the games where he featured. He never impressed me. He is sloppy, slow thinking, cannot move with the ball for more than 2 meters, he’s static, doesn’t stop opposing attackers, stays away from potential one on one…the list is endless. Lucas Vaskez is far superior…

  2. Segun Oguntade

    November 10, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    He is far from being the best left back in the world. He is only good defensively. He offers nothing going forward. Hardly puts a cross in to the opposition box. Imagine a prime Marcelo and present day Vinitius jnr on the left for RM

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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