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Champions League-winning defender reveals he “cried a lot” after deciding to leave Real Madrid



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Former Real Madrid captain Nacho decided not to renew his contract with the club he has called home for his entire career. Instead, the veteran defender is embarking on a new chapter in Saudi Arabia. 

This decision marks the end of an era for Nacho, who spent over two decades with Los Blancos, having joined their academy at a young age and rising through the ranks to become a first-team regular and eventual captain. 

His departure has stirred emotions, both for him personally and for the fans who have admired his dedication and loyalty to the club.

In a recent interview with El Chiringuito TV, Nacho opened up about his feelings and experiences leading up to his departure from Real Madrid. 

The interview, which has generated significant buzz, offers a glimpse into the heart and mind of a player who has lived and breathed Real Madrid for most of his life. 

Not an easy decision to make

Nacho’s decision to leave was far from easy, and he shared the emotional journey he underwent in the months leading up to his final match in the iconic white jersey.

Nacho said he cried a lot after deciding to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

At 34 years old, Nacho admitted that deciding to leave Real Madrid was incredibly tough. The weight of the decision was evident in his words, as he recounted the emotional toll it took on him. 

He confessed that he had shed tears over his choice, highlighting just how deeply he was affected. 

“I have cried a lot for what I usually cry, which is not much,” said the former Madrid captain.

One particularly poignant moment he described was during the trophy parade at Cibeles, a traditional celebration spot for Madrid’s victories.

“They have been hard months, the team was playing a lot of things. There were a lot of emotions to go to Cibeles too. I had a mixture in my body that was like an explosive bomb,” he added.

Every match Nacho played in his final season carried a special significance. He approached each game with the awareness that it might be his last in a Real Madrid shirt. This mindset added an extra layer of intensity and appreciation to his performances. 

“I was looking forward to the end of the season also a little bit for that reason, but it is true that it has made me live it all with even more joy, with more emotion. Every game I’ve played I’ve lived with a special feeling,” he added

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury



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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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