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Real Madrid’s 21-year-old attacking midfielder will not join La Liga club on loan



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Real Madrid have hit the jackpot with Brazilian talents multiple times in recent years. Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Jr, and Eder Militao were all picked up early by the club scouts, and have now become critical parts of Carlo Ancelotti’s dynamics.

Not every stone thrown, however, has turned to gold. One of the best examples is Reinier Jesus.

The Brazilian star was picked up by Los Blancos early in his development from Flamengo. He arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu when he was just 18 years of age and was seen as one of the brightest upcoming attacking midfielders.

But things have not worked out for him at the Spanish capital club. After spending the last three seasons away on loan, the management is again looking for a way out for the 21-year-old. And Reports earlier this week claimed interest from Girona in re-signing the youngster on loan.

But, Mario Cortegana puts an end to that speculation, stating that Reinier will not join Michel’s side.

Since his €30 million move to Real Madrid, Reinier is yet to make his debut for the first team. He spent two years on loan at Borussia Dortmund before returning to Madrid only to be sent to Girona.

In 18 La Liga appearances for the Catalans last season, the 21-year-old scored two goals and provided one assist. Further, he averaged a mere 0.4 key passes per game and missed two big chances in his limited participation.

His injury-riddled loan stint with the La Liga side ended last month and the Brazilian is currently participating in pre-season under Ancelotti.

The Italian tactician does not see the Brazilian as part of his plans heading into the new season. After all, the competition in the middle of the park at Real Madrid is already unforgiving. Moreover, he has not shown enough on his loan spells to claim a role with the Merengues.

As such, a return to Girona looked possible, with the report from The Athletic stating that there was an agreement in principle between the clubs for the 21-year-old to move to Montilivi.

But Girona have now decided to pull out from the deal as they have informed Reinier that they will be needing the non-EU spot in their squad for a different player who can replace the Barcelona-bound Oriol Romeu.

As such, Los Blancos will now have to widen their radar and look for alternate suitors.

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Real Madrid full-back never considered summer exit, would retire at club if given chance



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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

Ancelotti trusts Ferland Mendy. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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