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Brazilian duo next in line to obtain Spanish passports after Vinicius Jr – report
Earlier this week, Vinicius Jr obtained his Spanish passport and no longer warrants a non-EU spot at Real Madrid. The process was expected to be completed over a year ago but was delayed because of the pandemic.
According to reports from ESPN, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao are set to receive their Spanish passports by January too. This would mean that the team has all three non-EU spots vacant.
Needless to say, this comes as great news for the club. Yet, the timing seems to be just a tad bit too late.
Madrid could not chase several transfer targets in the summer window like Gabriel Jesus or register on loan players like Takefusa Kubo or Reinier because of the passport situation. Now, with the market closed, Los Blancos have all three slots vacant with no scope to fill them.
Now, Madrid can officially use their non-EU spaces from January. Vinicius Tobas is said to be impressing the club and could stake a claim for one of the slots long-term. Yet, it remains to be seen how the club will fill the remaining vacancies.
Militao was injured during Real Madrid’s clash against Celtic and is expected to miss the weekend’s clash against Mallorca. Carlo Ancelotti will hope to have the Brazilian back in time for the Madrid Derby scheduled in less than two weeks.
Meanwhile, Rodrygo is expected to feature in tomorrow’s game at Santiago Bernabeu and will look to cement his spot as a regular starter in Ancelotti’s plans.
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.