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Real Madrid Full-Back Is On The Radar Of Juventus: Should Ancelotti Let Him Go?

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In a recent report, Jeunes Footeux stated that Real Madrid full-back Ferland Mendy is on the radar of Juventus. It has been claimed that Juve has identified the Madrid left-back as a replacement for Alex Sandro in the summer.

Mendy’s Impressive Form In Spanish Football This Season

Mendy has enjoyed a solid campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium but has struggled to be productive with his contributions in the final third. The 26-year-old has banged in one goal and grabbed two assists in 24 matches for Los Blancos this season in all competitions.

The French left-back deserves a lot of credit for averaging 1.3 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 0.6 shots, 1.1 key passes and 1.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when interchanging possession with his teammates as evidenced by his pass success rate of 92.1% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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Real Madrid’s French defender Ferland Mendy heads the ball during the Spanish league football match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid CF at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on December 22, 2021. (Photo by Ander GILLENEA / AFP) (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)
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Should Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti Let Mendy Go This Summer?

Mendy loves a tackle and is usually quick to spot the danger on the defensive end of the field. The Real Madrid sensation doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when required and can make a few solid interceptions inside his half when he is playing with confidence on the field.

The French left-back has got the vision to pick out a killer pass up top and can complete some promising dribbles down the left flank. Mendy remains Real Madrid’s first-choice left-back as father time is catching up with Marcelo’s game.

Therefore, Carlo Ancelotti cannot let the Frenchman leave unless he can bring in a suitable replacement for him at the end of this campaign. 

Mendy’s current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is set to run out in the summer of 2025, so there is no immediate need for Los Blancos to cash in on him this summer. At 26, the former Olympique Lyonnais talent is about to enter his prime and could have a better resale value in the future. Therefore, Ancelotti should think about retaining Mendy’s services beyond this season as he could still serve as a valuable asset at the Spanish capital.

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