According to reports from The Athletic, Real Madrid are the only club to boycott La Liga’s new proposal of allowing cameras inside the dressing room.
However, their decision does not come without repercussions. The report adds that the Merengues will miss out on a payment of €13 million due to their stance.
La Liga’s latest developments
The world’s best leagues are now at an open war over better broadcasting of games. La Liga has taken significant steps back in recent years on that front and is now planning novel ideas to reignite interest in the league.
One of their ideas that has received significant criticism is the addition of cameras in the locker rooms. While the move would improve the way matches are televised, it raises concerns over the privacy of players during the breaks.
How does Real Madrid’s stance sit?
Los Blancos are clear that they will not allow the intrusion of their dressing room sanctity with cameras. Thankfully for them, the league cannot impose the same on constituent clubs.
Real Madrid will stand to lose financially from their decision but may prove to be a small price to pay for the greater good. After all, the half-time breaks are vital for players and the addition of cameras will add an unnecessary stressor.
Moreover, the new addition will not allow coaches to discretely discuss ideas with their squads.
All conversations will be heard across the globe and will serve as a massive blow from a tactical standpoint. One remembers Xavi Hernandez’s instructions to his men being telecasted on stream in Barcelona’s last game and can imagine the sheer discomfort that comes with it.
Real Madrid will return to the field against Almeria this weekend, and while it will be gutting for some fans to miss out on dressing room scenes from the Merengues’ private room, it will be for the greater good.
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.