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Real Madrid captain informs club he will leave this summer

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In a major update, MARCA has claimed that Real Madrid captain Nacho Fernandez has informed the club that he will leave at the end of the season.

Nacho, a product of Real Madrid’s youth academy, has been a part of the first-team setup for over a decade now and has spent 23 years at the club in total.

Having risen through the ranks at the club, Nacho has gone on to become the captain this season, following the departure of Karim Benzema.

The veteran defender even led the team to the Spanish Super Cup triumph and could still lift two more titles in the form of La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

Nacho’s contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the ongoing season and his future had been a topic of discussion for a while now.

The Merengues were willing to offer him a new deal and had given him full control over his future.

Nacho set to leave. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

And, Nacho has now seemingly decided that it is time for him to bring an end to his journey at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the club being informed of the decision.

Inter Milan could be interested

Nacho was in a similar situation last summer as well and Inter Milan were keen on signing him. Ultimately, though, he opted to re-sign with Real Madrid.

This time out, though, the 34-year-old seems to have made up his mind to try a new journey abroad and the report states that there are suitors for the Spaniard.

Inter Milan could again be in the race while there have been talks about the MLS in the past.

Either way, Nacho seems all set to bid goodbye to Real Madrid at the end of the season once his contract expires.

With his exit now seemingly confirmed, Real Madrid will likely push even harder to sign a new central defender, with Leny Yoro at the top of their wishlist.

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Just in – Kylian Mbappe to opt out of Olympics, will join Real Madrid in August

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Real Madrid are confident that Kylian Mbappe will not participate in the Paris Olympic Games, and as a result, they expect him to join their preseason squad in August, according to a striking report from SPORT.

The club has made it clear that they will not make any exceptions for Mbappe, nor will they treat him as a “special case” who can participate in both the Euro Cup and the Olympic Games, which are generally meant for younger athletes.

It is important to highlight that Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is currently in Paris for a FIFA event. This event will give him the opportunity to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and discuss the potential transfer of Mbappe.

One of Perez’s main interests is to bring the French star to Real Madrid as soon as possible. Ideally, this would be after the European Championship in Germany, which runs from June 14 to July 14, followed by a short vacation. 

Kylian Mbappe will join real Madrid this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

This is why Mbappe would be expected to join the team only in August.

No Mbappe is Paris Olympics

Interestingly, this plan would be disrupted if Mbappe were to compete in the Paris Olympic Games. 

While participating in the Olympics would be highly appealing to the French capital and could even boost Mbappe’s popularity among his fellow countrymen, Real Madrid sources believe that he will skip the Olympics.

For now, Real Madrid’s confidence that Mbappe will not participate in the Olympics means they are planning for him to join the team for the preseason in August.

Meanwhile, as the situation is still developing, Perez’s trip to Paris for FIFA’s 120th Anniversary appears to be yielding results, paving the way for Mbappe’s anticipated move to Real Madrid.

While everything related to the transfer is on track, the official announcement is pending followed by the presentation.

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