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Real Madrid unsure whether to renew or sell defender seen as ‘untouchable’ by Ancelotti

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While there is nothing wrong happening with regard to left-back Ferland Mendy, Real Madrid seem to have gotten themselves in a troubling state at the moment.

As reported by MARCA, the Madrid management is still evaluating Mendy’s performances despite the fact that he has been an unassailable presence at the left-back spot since arriving from Lyon in 2019.

However, the fact that he is still being compared to Marcelo is doing no good for everyone involved. For now, Mendy’s ongoing deal with the team runs until 2025, meaning that there is no reason to make an instant decision.

At the same time though, it is a bit troubling to think that the 27-year-old was left out of the massive renovation that was carried out in the summer of 2021 where the likes of Luka Modric, Lucas Vazquez, Nacho, Dani Carvajal, Thibaut Courtois, Karim Benzema and Federico Valverde renewed their contracts.

This past summer, the likes of Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo followed suit, but as it seems, Real Madrid are still uncertain about what to do with Mendy. As of today, they don’t know whether to sell him or renew his deal further.

Once again, under normal circumstances, there is nothing wrong with the player as he played 35 of the 56 games last season for the team. During the 2020-21 season, he played 38 of the 52 games and in his debut campaign, was part of 32 outings out of a total of 51 games.

During his three-and-a-half seasons with the team, Mendy has suffered eight injuries that have kept him out for 277 days. This season, however, he has overcome his physical limitation by playing 17 out of the possible 21 games across all competitions while being available in all the fixtures.

The report claims that the 27-year-old is an ‘untouchable’ for Carlo Ancelotti, but is seen as a weak link in the lineup by many. So, despite his standing in the manager’s plans, Mendy’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu remains unclear.

While everything looks perfectly fine from the top, the issue at hand is pretty much serious mostly because if Madrid rope in a new left-back like Fran Garcia next summer, the probability of which is pretty much high, the uncertainty about Mendy and his future will only increase.

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  1. Elisha

    November 14, 2022 at 11:58 am

    My question is he really the weakness of our team?

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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