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Real Madrid ace comments on future after Espanyol win: “Everyone knows this is my home”



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Real Madrid bounced back to winning ways as they secured an important 3-1 victory over RCD Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier today.

Having gone behind early in the game, Los Blancos fought their way back as goals from Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr and Marco Asensio secured the win.

Nacho Fernandez, whose future at the club has been a major subject of speculation, was one of the better performers for Real Madrid on the afternoon.

The 33-year-old opened up on his future at Real Madrid after the game, saying: “I always give everything. Everyone knows this is my home. I’m happy because I’ve been playing for a while. Logically the happiness I have defending this shirt, I want to enjoy things like this.”

During the game, the Madridistas serenaded the versatile defender with loud chants of “Nacho stay”. Reacting to the love shown by the fans, he added: “I get goosebumps listening to the Bernabéu chant ‘Nacho stay’. This is my house, to this day I am happy.”

Nacho looking forward to El Clasico

The win sees Real Madrid close down the gap to La Liga leaders Barcelona to six points. Given that they had not won any of their last three matches in all competitions, it was crucial that the Merengues secure all three points today.

“It was important to win after the few games we couldn’t win. This will give us the confidence for midweek, Nacho said.

With the Clasico coming up in La Liga next weekend, it could be a title race-defining encounter. And Nacho insisted that the Merengues will look to grab all three points at Camp Nou next week, as he said:

“We know next weekend is a direct battle against Barcelona. We will try and win at Camp Nou.”

Source: MARCA

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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