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Official: 17-year-old Real Madrid new arrival named in UCL squad, will wear #36
Real Madrid have confirmed their official 25-man squad for the group stages of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League and new signing Iker Bravo has been included in the list.
Real Madrid had 23 of the 25 slots in the squad filled with first-team stars which left two spots open for someone from the Castilla squad to be picked.
Carlo Ancelotti had three options for the two slots in question in the form of Vinicius Tobias, who joined the club last January and summer arrivals Iker Bravo and Noel Lopez.
While youth players are usually eligible to be registered on List B of the UEFA squad, the aforementioned trio were ineligible to feature on that list due to the fact that they have not been at the club for more than three years.
And, as per the information from UEFA’s official website, Real Madrid have opted to enter Bravo and Tobias on list A of the squad to fill out the 25-man requirement. Bravo will be donning the #36 kit while Tobias will be wearing #37.
Bravo joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, arriving on loan from Bayer Leverkusen. The 17-year-old is held in high regard within the club, with Los Blancos beating arch-rivals Atletico Madrid to his signing.
While he will be a part of Raul Gonzalez’s Castilla outfit, Bravo will hope to get some minutes with the senior team given that there are no backup options in the No. 9 role for Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid have been drawn in Group F of the Champions League and will start their campaign this Tuesday night against Scottish champions Celtic.
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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.