Mendy: The serious injury I suffered gave me the strength to never give up

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Ferland Mendy has revealed how suffering such a major injury as a teenager has driven him to succeed at the highest level in football.

The now Real Madrid left-back spent almost a year on the sidelines as a teenager because of a serious hip injury.

Having come through the academy system at Le Havre and burst on to the scene at Lyon, the French international is a staple in Zinedine Zidane‘s current Real Madrid side.

Ahead of Los Blancos’ trip to Bergamo to face Atalanta in the Champions League, Mendy sat down with MARCA to discuss the past, present and future of his career.

I’ve seen them play. They score lots of goals, especially at home. They look to get you one-on-one.

Yeah, we know that they’re going to attack as they always do and we’re going to have to defend well, but we’re going to try and get into their box as well.

No, at least I’m not. We have to carry on with who we’ve got and we’re going to look for a good result with the players that we have.

Real Madrid are Real Madrid. This shirt gives you something. We’re going to go there to win and have a good game. We’re going to try to score, obviously, but the key is concentration.

It’s true, we’re going to have to come up with a solution to score, but we have to carry on without him. We have no other choice.

He has a very unique style. He’s always looking for great solutions. He’s a goalscorer. When I watch him in training, in games, it’s not the same when you’re watching him on TV in France.

Source: Marca.com

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