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Real Madrid captain unhappy over unfair treatment at club – report

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After 23 glorious years at Real Madrid, Nacho Fernandez relayed to the board last month that he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The club captain’s decision was said to be taken off a combination of factors, considering not only his sporting prominence at the club but also his personal life and family amongst others.

Now, however, Relevo (h/t Madrid Xtra) brings forth a report that relays that the Real Madrid captain’s decision was also based on his unhappiness over his situation at the club.

Feeling of neglect

As relayed by the Spanish outlet, Nacho was left with a bitter taste in his mouth after being the first player to be called off the field against Bayern Munich in Germany.

When Ancelotti needed a change in dynamic, he opted to remove Nacho to bring on Camavinga, and the fact that he was replaced by a player of a different position in itself showed him how replaceable he is in the current setup.

Moreover, he also looks back on the manager’s decision to field Aurelien Tchouameni in his place for some of the biggest games of the season with bad eyes.

The veteran thus feels that he is not given the status and respect that he deserves at the club of his dreams, and his relationship with Carlo Ancelotti has thus been strained in recent times. He wishes to play, and his poor placement on the manager’s pecking order prompts him to leave.

Leaving on a high

Come June, Nacho will bid farewell to the only club he has known in his life. While his next step remains unknown, it becomes the club’s moral responsibility to send the captain off on a high.

As it stands, Nacho will not leave empty-handed as Los Blancos are well-placed to take home the La Liga title without any hiccups.

The dressing room, and Nacho’s focus, thus, is now on the UCL where the Merengues are 180 minutes away from glory. Leaving the club with the two biggest titles of the season would only be poetic for the current captain.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images

Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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