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Real Madrid will look to recoup €48 million from the sale of defender – report

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Uncertainty continues to loom over the future of Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy. The 28-year-old left-back endured a forgettable 2022/23 campaign, one riddled with injuries. Even when fit, the Frenchman did not look at his best.

As such, doubts have crept in at Real Madrid over his continuity at the club, with reports suggesting that the Spanish capital giants are ready to sell him this summer.

Amidst this, AS (h/t Madrid Xtra) is reporting that Real Madrid wish to recoup most or the entirety of the €48 million that they paid Olympique Lyon to sign him in 2019.

Having joined the club four years ago, Mendy gradually took over the left-back slot from Marcelo and had become a permanent fixture on the left side of the Real Madrid defence.

And while manager Carlo Ancelotti still trusts him and wants to keep hold of him next season, the Merengues’ administration do not see things the same way.

And with Saudi Arabian clubs said to be interested in the 28-year-old, Los Blancos hope to make the most of the situation and recoup the €48 million that they spent on his signing four years ago.

Despite the links to the Middle East, Mendy’s agent recently downplayed those links, saying:

“The Saudi Arabia and Ferland Mendy thing? No, there is nothing. New players are being announced every morning there who can play in Saudi Arabia. Soon it will be Mbappé in Saudi Arabia and so on.

“There is nothing. Saudi Arabia is looking for all players, full stop. It’s nonsense. He’s at Real Madrid, it’s all good.”

Mendy’s contract with Real Madrid expires in 2025 and if they do not sell him now, they will be unable to recoup a sizeable fee from the left-back’s sale. So, it remains to be seen if an exit does materialise of whether the Frenchman ends up staying put.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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