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Official: Nacho signs new contract with Real Madrid until 2024

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Following the announcement of Toni Kroos’s contract extension on Wednesday, Real Madrid have officially confirmed that another veteran star, Nacho Fernandez, has signed a new deal with the club until 2024.

Like Kroos, Nacho’s previous contract was also about to expire on June 30. And there was some doubt over his extension as the player had not entirely been happy with the amount of game-time he had received in this past season.

Ultimately, though, the Spanish international has decided to prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for one more year, continuing his legacy as a one-club man.

“Real Madrid C. F. and Nacho Fernández have agreed to extend the contract of our captain, who remains linked to the club until 30 June 2024,” the official statement read.

Nacho has been with Real Madrid for more than two decades now, having joined the club as an 11-year-old back in 2001. He broke into the first team close to a decade ago and has gone on to make 319 appearances, winning several titles (23) along the way.

With Karim Benzema having left the club this summer, Nacho will be the first captain of the team for the upcoming season and will aim to lead his side to success after a middling 2022/23 campaign.

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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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