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Real Madrid captain does not plan to continue in Spain as summer exit looms



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Nacho Fernandez has reportedly conveyed to the Real Madrid management that he wishes to leave the club at the end of the season.

With Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, and David Alaba already there, and a new centre-back coming in, the captain realises that he might not enjoy much prominence next season.

The veteran’s contract with Real Madrid ends this summer, and a renewal is now out of question. At 34 years of age, the big question that now remains is clear – will Nacho continue at an elite European club or move to a fringe league?

Decision not made

As revealed by Fabrizio Romano in a recent update, Nacho will take some time before deciding on his next club.

As it stands, his complete focus is on the final games of the season and towards winning both titles with Real Madrid.

The club captain has no interest in staying in La Liga, and a departure from Spain is likely for the first time in his long career.

Nacho set to bid goodbye. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, he does not want to play against his boyhood club and the club of his dreams, Real Madrid.

Inter Milan have been linked with Nacho for several transfer windows now, but a move to Italy appears complicated as well, adds the Italian journalist.

Fringe leagues interested

With his decision to leave Real Madrid now clear, Nacho has attracted interest from both Saudi Arabia and the MLS in the United States.

While the former do indeed offer more lucrative salaries to players, Nacho prioritises his family life and experiences alongside his football and is thus leaning towards the MLS.

Nothing has been signed so far, and it remains to be seen what the captain finally decides. As it stands, the only objective is to send off Nacho with the ultimate honour in his hand – the UEFA Champions League.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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