Due to Ferland Mendy’s ongoing ailments this season, Carlo Ancelotti has been forced to consider different approaches and options for the left-back position
The results of the manager’s experiments do not augur well for the Frenchman because it is now abundantly evident that a new left-back is required at this very moment. Mendy may play well in defence, but Nacho Fernandez and Eduardo Camavinga have also been able to make an impact.
Fran Garcia of Rayo Vallecano has won over the Santiago Bernabeu offices, and the academy graduate will return to Madrid in June. Mendy’s sale and Garcia’s comeback are therefore considered as the team’s two main pillars for the upcoming season.
Another academy alumnus who has not been forgotten is Miguel Gutierrez. He has been playing left-back well for Girona this season, and Los Blancos want him to have more first-team experience. They view him as a capable prospect to wear the white shirt in the long run.
The 21-year-old left Castilla in August 2022 for Girona for a cost of €4 million after a lengthy and fruitful stay. He made a few appearances for Real Madrid’s senior team after making his first-team debut in April 2021. Because of his speed, technical skill, and attacking power, Gutierrez is a formidable asset both in attack and defence. Gutierrez might be a long-term left-back option for Real Madrid given his age and potential.
This season, Gutierrez has made 27 La Liga appearances for Girona and has one goal and three assists. Additionally, he generates six significant chances and averages 0.7 key passes per game. Most recently, he assisted on Valentin Castellanos’ first goal as Girona defeated Real Madrid 4-2. Although there are no immediate plans to re-sign him, Real Madrid might do so after a few years, once he has more experience playing at the highest level.