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Iker Casillas talks Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Real Madrid future



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Real Madrid are set for a massive summer ahead, as Florentino Perez and co. look to make widespread changes to the squad that has underwhelmed in Europe over the past few years.

The thirst for quality is apparent as the club had been consistently linked with moves for footballing superstars such as Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, among many others.

In a recent interaction with the media, Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas has opined on the club’s pursuit of these generation talents, suggesting their potential arrival might not “solve anything right now.

Speaking to AS, Casillas said: “To speak about players that I would like to come, if you ask me when I was 22, probably yes, easily. But at 40 now, nothing is gonna get solved.”

“In fact, Mbappé is with his team, he will look for his interests for his team and tomorrow I don’t know where he’ll be. Of course I love it as a player, I wish he were at Real Madrid, I’d enjoy it much more, but it doesn’t depend on me, it depends on other things that have to happen,” he added.

A three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid and a five-time Spanish champion, Casillas urged the club to focus on the current season and sealing the league title come May. He insisted both Mbappe and Haaland are “great players” but “right now they are not going to solve the season” for Los Blancos.

“Real Madrid’s season goes through staying firm in league, which seems to be being achieved even though it hasn’t been achieved yet, and it goes through a ‘Champions’ in which, after everything that has happened this time, they want to achieve pass against a very strong team, one of the strongest”, the 40-year-old added.

Real Madrid are currently sitting top of La Liga table with a healthy eight-point lead over Sevilla. It appears unlikely that Carlo Ancelotti’s men will surrender the lead anytime soon, with Los Blancos currently on a run of three consecutive victories in the league.

Casillas went on to implore the Real Madrid fans to keep supporting the current set of players without drooling over too much on Mbappe or Haaland.

“Haaland or Mbappé are not at Real Madrid right now, so right now they are not going to solve anything for you. You have to wait and enjoy with those who are there, who have earned the right for all Madridistas to enjoy their conquests”

The goalkeeper added: “Let’s hope and hope that Real Madrid goes to the next phase (…) That the players on this field make the Bernabéu enjoy and that we live a magical night of those from a long time ago that due to the pandemic they have not been able to live”

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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report



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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.

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