Just as the scenario was towards the end of last season, Real Madrid are now focusing on the renewals of veteran stars who end their contract next summer. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are some of the players who are yet to decide their future.
Another player in a similar situation is the club captain Nacho Fernandez. The veteran centre-back renewed for only one season last summer, and now has less than five months left on his contract.
As revealed in a recent update by AS, Nacho is on track to renew his contract with Los Blancos. He is edging closer with every passing day, and an announcement may not be far away.
After all, the Spanish defender has enjoyed significant time in the limelight this season, much more than he has in recent years.
Amidst Real Madrid’s defensive crisis and the long list of injuries, Nacho is one player who has stood to benefit.
Needless to say, the club captaincy also has a lot to do with his decision. Tasting his first silverware as the captain of Real Madrid earlier this year is likely to have only fuelled his desire to continue and etch his name in the history books.
David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao all have longer-term contracts with Real Madrid and will all continue to be under Ancelotti’s command next season.
If the list of three centre-backs was not enough, the Merengues are on track to bring in a new name, likely Leny Yoro, in the summer.
With four central defenders ahead of him on the pecking order, Nacho may well find it difficult to garner playing time under his belt next season.
Yet, if he were one to shy away from taking risks, he would not have renewed last summer and enjoyed the limelight that was, in many ways, unexpected.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.