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Report: Real Madrid boss wants 28-year-old full-back to stay

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Since the turn of the year, Ferland Mendy’s ascendancy has given the full-back a new lease of life.

Last season, Mendy was considered one of the most disposable players in the squad and he went almost two months without playing due to an injury this season.

However, by January 2024, Mendy returned to his best version, with a goal against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final marking his return to the top.

He earned a starting position in the final against Barcelona, showcasing a great performance.

The 28-year-old not only helped Real Madrid dominantly secure the title, but also prompted Barcelona winger Lamine Yamal to acknowledge him as the most difficult defender he has faced.

Ancelotti vouches for Mendy’s continuity

Now, Diario AS report that Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to stay at Real Madrid permanently.

The coach’s trust in the player has been no secret by now, as he has been an undisputed starter in 12 of the last 14 games, only missing out two due to fatigue and an accumulation of yellow cards.

In fact, Ancelotti went as far as to claim Mendy is the best defensive full-back in the world earlier this year.

Mendy could be awarded a renewal

Ferland Mendy’s contract with Real Madrid is slated to expire in 2025, which has led to tremendous speculation over his future.

With Alphonso Davies likely to arrive, Real Madrid’s options at left-back will certainly grow.

But the fact that Mendy offers a different profile, with greater defensive acumen, strengthens his case for a renewal.

Moreover, his mental fortitude is appreciated within the club and he has the backing of Ancelotti, indicating his future lies in the Spanish capital unless a big offer forces Madrid to think otherwise.

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  1. Pat Grey

    April 3, 2024 at 6:09 am

    I am not a big fan of Mendy, as he plays and comes across to me as an indecisive left winger who has problems accurately passing the ball, and who seems to lack self confidence to move forward with the ball and play it in the opponent’s goal area. He is instead more prone to moving back towards his own goal area rather than forward. His lackluster performances at times have cost his team some preventable goals. I like his quiet and non- confrontational demeanor though, in contrast to Vini. I think Alphonso Davies will help greatly on Madrid’s left flank along with youngster, Fran Garcia.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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