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Real Madrid’s €25 million-rated defender seen as the only sellable first-team player – report

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Less than a week remains before Real Madrid board the flight to the United States to kick off their pre-season tour. Los Blancos will engage in four games in their time overseas before the 2023/24 season officially kicks off.

Pre-season training has already been underway for a week now under the joint management of Ancelotti and Raul Gonzalez. The manager is already considering the various tactical tweaks he can make in the season to come, and it is safe to say that the composition of the squad for 2023/24 is close to fixed.

According to reports from AS, there is only one player on the first-team roster who could leave the club this summer – Ferland Mendy.

Los Blancos have bid farewell to five stars already this summer. Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Mariano Diaz, and Marco Asensio all left on free transfers early last month, while Jesus Vallejo moved out on loan to Granada last week.

Mendy could well be on his way to joining that list. After all, the manager trusts the newly arrived Fran Garcia to take over duties at left-back for next season and the Frenchman will only serve as a deputy.

The 28-year-old was widely touted as the world’s next big left-back at the time of his signing, and many felt the €48 million fee the club paid for his services was a bargain. He got off to his career at Real Madrid on the right foot, but his development has stagnated in recent times.

Mendy’s lack of productivity in the final third has hurt the team in attacking transitions. Ancelotti sees an offensive full-back to be the basis of a counter-attacking side and even has his eyes on Alphonso Davies for the same reason.

Furthermore, the Frenchman, whose market value stands at €25 million, has also endured injury issues throughout his time at the club and it was no different last season.

Mendy’s most probable destination, if he does indeed leave, would appear to be Saudi Arabia. The Merengues have already received indications of interest in the player from the Middle East.

It remains to be seen if they can convince him to make the transition this summer. They will look to recoup the entire €48 million or most of it they invested, for his services.

Ancelotti, though, reports say, would like the player to continue as a valuable backup option. So, as things stand, it is unclear what the future holds for Mendy. But he is seen as the only first-team player that could be sold before the transfer window closes this summer.

*Player market value from Transfermarkt

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  1. Promethios

    July 18, 2023 at 8:16 am

    I see him better as a center back than a right back

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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