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Real Madrid 21-year-old youngster likely to take the No. 6 shirt after Nacho exit

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Real Madrid will bid adieu to their club captain, Nacho Fernandez, imminently as the centre-back has agreed to join Al Qadsiah in Saudi Arabia on a two-year contract.

In doing so, the 34-year-old defender brings an end to his spell at the Spanish capital club that has lasted for over two decades starting from the academy.

Nacho’s departure, coupled with Toni Kroos’ retirement, means Real Madrid are set to have some new captains in the coming season.

Furthermore, there will also be new players taking over their vacant kit numbers.

Eduardo Camavinga set to be the next No. 6

It has already been confirmed that Federico Valverde will inherit the iconic No. 8 shirt left vacant by Toni Kroos’ exit.

Now, AS reports that young midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is set to take over the No. 6 kit that will be unoccupied once Nacho leaves.

Camavinga wore the No. 25 kit upon arriving at Real Madrid in 2021 before moving to the No. 12 shirt a season later, which he inherited from club legend Marcelo.

Real Madrid’s new No. 6? (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the 21-year-old youngster had worn No. 6 during his time with Rennes and dons the same number with the French national team.

As such, as things stand, everything indicates that the French midfield sensation will take over the No. 6 jersey next season.

A greater role for Camavinga next season?

While Camavinga did play 46 matches this past season, he was not always a permanent starter for Real Madrid.

After all, Carlo Ancelotti preferred the midfield combination of Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Federico Valverde when everyone was fit and available with Jude Bellingham slotting in as the attacking midfielder.

But with Kroos retiring, it might open the window for Camavinga to feature with greater regularity in the centre of the park in the coming season.

However, with there likely to be a change of formation to a 4-3-3 due to Kylian Mbappe’s signing, Bellingham would also be competing for a spot in midfield, which could again hinder Camavinga’s chances.

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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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