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Real Madrid very likely to re-sign 23-year-old former defender next summer

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Ferland Mendy has struggled to live up to the hype around his move to Real Madrid despite being given enough opportunities over the past few years. The French international was touted to be the next big left-back in world football but his attacking displays have not been impressive enough.

Furthermore, contract talks with the former Olympique Lyon man have not progressed either, leading to doubts about his future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid, thus, have kept a backup option in mind to take over duties at left-back from next season. Ironically, the candidate is a product of the club’s own academy.

According to reports from AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Los Blancos are seriously considering bringing back Fran Garcia into the team next season and are impressed with his performances at Rayo Vallecano.

When Real Madrid took on Rayo Vallecano two months ago, the defender delivered a man-of-the-match display that included a sumptuous assist. In fourteen games for the La Liga side, the 23-year-old has provided two assists and been a pillar in both attack and defence.

Garcia has made the most of his €2 million move to the Vallecas and broken through as one of La Liga’s finest talents. It was always his idea to use an intermediate club as a stepping stone to return to Madrid, and that dream seems close to being fulfilled.

“I have always said it and never hidden it: one of my dreams is to return to Real Madrid,” he said earlier this year when asked about the possibility of returning home.

Real Madrid still owns 50% of Garcia’s rights and will not have to shell out a large amount for his signing. Given the quality the left-back brings to the table, one can barely find a downside to the deal from Los Blancos’ perspective.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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