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Real Madrid captain speaks out after renewal: “The club has taught me everything”

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Real Madrid officially announced the renewal of veteran defender and new captain Nacho Fernandez on Thursday to put an end to one of the club’s most anticipated extension sagas. The story of the centre-back’s continuity had no shortage of ups and downs, but all roads eventually led to Real Madrid.

After all, the 33-year-old has known no other club in his professional career to date. 

Nacho’s history with the Merengues runs back to 2001 when he joined the club’s academy at the Alevin stage. He made the step up from the U-19 setup to the C team in 2008. Just one year later, he moved into the Castilla setup and was eyeing a spot in the first team.

It was in 2013 that the defender made the jump to the senior setup, and there has been no looking back since then. To this day, Nacho continues to be the epitome of loyalty and professionalism and is rightly the club captain.

Nacho spoke to Directo Gol about his renewal with Real Madrid and what it meant to him. His reply stood for all the years he spent growing up at the club and how his association with the Merengues was more than just a sporting bond.

“I don’t think of a life without Real Madrid. The club has taught me everything: education and values,” he said.

The veteran always held a renewal with the club as his first choice. However, a lack of playing time tempted him to look towards other options on his table for the final stage of his career.

He has signed only a one-year extension for the time being, and any further renewal will depend on his prominence in the team.

Nacho is not expected to be a starter next season, for David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Antonio Rudiger all sit above him on the pecking order. However, the club legend’s versatility makes him the first-choice replacement for any injured starter in central defence or the full-back positions.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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