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Nacho talks Real Madrid renewal, Modric, Benzema exit: “He likes to keep things hidden”

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Nacho Fernandez faced a difficult decision ahead of Real Madrid’s final game of the season. With his contract running out in June, it was time for him to take a final stand, but the options did not make it easy.

The defender was unsure about his role in the squad and seriously contemplated a departure from the Santiago Bernabeu for more minutes. In the end, however, his passion for the club’s crest was too strong to take the drastic step.

Nacho recently spoke to COPE about the recent season, his decision to continue, his situation in the team, and Karim Benzema amongst other topics. Here are the snippets from his conversation.

The centre-back first shockingly revealed that Karim Benzema did not give away any hints to the squad over his departure in the summer and said that the dressing room found out only much later.

“He didn’t say anything to the team. We didn’t know anything, just like you. We found out after it was official.”

Nacho went on to explain why the Frenchman’s decision to maintain secrecy was not surprising and spoke about how he would like his farewell to be.

“Benzema didn’t tell us he was leaving. He is a very introverted person, he likes to keep things very hidden. I don’t want to leave Real Madrid this way. I’ll want it to be special.”

The veteran has always been one of the underappreciated pieces of the Real Madrid puzzle. Speaking about getting the respect and value he felt he deserved, he said,

“I’ve played games that the best defenders in Europe could have played and no one gave me the value I deserved.”

Nacho commented on where he stood on the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti and why he was unsure about renewing at his boyhood club.

“At the beginning of the season, I had a lot of doubts, I didn’t feel valued. I’ve shown in almost every game I’m at the same level or higher [level] of my teammates.”

However, expressing his happiness at continuing at the club for one more year, he said: “Things are easier to leave when you finish your contract, but I am very happy to continue another year at Real Madrid. I have made the best possible decision.”

Commenting on the rumours linking Luka Modric with a move to Saudi Arabia, he added: “My feeling before the end of the season was that he was staying. Although the latest news has surprised me.”

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What is the price tag on Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid jersey?

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Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at Real Madrid has sparked a frenzy among football fans, with the club swiftly making his iconic jersey available for purchase starting July 11. 

Notably, before July 11, eager fans could not get their hands on a jersey featuring Mbappe’s name and number 9, as he was under contract with PSG until June 30. 

However, once the clock struck July 11, enthusiasts could finally purchase his jerseys in various styles, prompting a rapid sell-out at the Adidas store within hours.

The pricing of these jerseys has garnered significant attention, varying not only by size but also by the type of jersey—Replica or Authentic—that fans choose, reports Diario AS.

Initially, the Real Madrid online store listed the Replica version of Mbappe’s jersey at €100, while the Authentic version, identical to those worn by the team’s players, was priced at €160. 

What are the prices of Mbappe’s Real Madrid shirt?

Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid shirt is being sold like a hotcake. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The highest-priced option is the Authentic Mbappe Men’s Home Kit Shirt, retailing at €185. This premium version allows fans to add additional patches such as La Liga or Champions League badges for an extra charge. 

Surprisingly, the women’s version of the jersey is priced equivalently, reflecting gender-neutral pricing practices, while the children’s edition is slightly more affordable at €130. 

Furthermore, even the youngest fans can join in the excitement with a baby version of the jersey priced at €80.

Meanwhile, for those looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Mbappe Men’s Home Shirt comes in at €120. 

Fans can customize these shirts with either a La Liga or Champions League patch for an additional €15, affixed uniquely on the right sleeve, opposite the iconic HP logo on the left, a prominent sponsor of the club. 

These prices apply to the short-sleeved versions; opting for long sleeves incurs a slightly lower cost. 

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