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Real Madrid uninterested in renewing defender, could accept offers over €40 million

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Ferland Mendy finds himself staring at an uncertain future at Real Madrid heading into the summer transfer window. According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin on El Debate, Los Blancos are concerned about his recurring injury problems and are not planning on renewing his contract.

Mendy signed for Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 from Olympique Lyon in a deal worth around €50 million. After playing second-fiddle to Marcelo in his debut season, the Frenchman slowly grew into the undisputed first-choice left-back at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, over the course of his four-year spell in the Spanish capital, Mendy has suffered as many as eight muscle injuries, the most recent one coming last week.

Indeed, the left-back was just returning after a two-month spell out on the sidelines and had played in only one game (28 minutes vs Barcelona), before being struck down by yet another muscle injury, which has now ruled him out for close to six weeks.

In all, Mendy has played just 25 times this season, with only seven of those appearances coming in 2023. With the season in its final stretch, Carlo Ancelotti, who has always counted on the Frenchman, will bank on Nacho Fernandez and David Alaba from now on.

Furthermore, Real Madrid also have Eduardo Camavinga as an option at left-back, with the youngster showcasing his versatility and adaptability. And they also have a deal in place to sign Fran Garcia from Rayo Vallecano in the summer.

Given the situation, Los Blancos, understandably, are not in favour of offering Mendy a new contract. The Frenchman, throughout the last season, asked for a new deal with improved wages and a longer duration, but the club did not relent and their stance is likely to become firmer in light of his recent injuries.

In fact, the report claims that Real Madrid are thinking about selling Mendy in the summer and would be willing to listen to offers in the north of €40 million.

Replacements have also been identified in case he does depart, with Jose Gaya of Valencia and Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich on the radar.

So, if there are any interesting offers for Mendy come summer, Real Madrid will not be averse to listening to them and may even decide to move on from the injury-prone defender.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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