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Real Madrid captain tight-lipped over future amid exit rumours – ‘I’ve decided’



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While Toni Kroos is set to bid goodbye to Real Madrid after this weekend, club captain Nacho Fernandez could also follow suit.

The Spanish defender’s contract expires on June 30 and reports have suggested that he will be departing once the deal runs out, even though there has been no official announcement.

There have been contradicting rumours coming forth with regard to Nacho’s future, with some suggesting he might continue while others claim he is fixed on leaving.

With there being still no clarity on the matter, the 34-year-old himself was asked about his future during an interview this week.

Addressing the matter, Nacho, who has been named in the Spain preliminary squad for the UEFA Euro 2024, remarked that he has already made his decision but now is not the right time to reveal it.

“I’ve decided what I am going to do when the season ends but I am not going to say it, it is not the right time,” Nacho told Radio Estadio, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“Being captain or winning the Champions League won’t change my decision.”

Nacho has spent his entire career at Real Madrid, starting from his youth football days, meaning he has been at the club for over two decades.

The 34-year-old has previously indicated that he would love to continue as a one-club man, but with Real Madrid pursuing Leny Yoro’s signing, Nacho is likely to have doubts about his game-time next season.

For now, though, the defender is staying tight-lipped on his future and is keeping his focus on the upcoming UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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