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Real Madrid defender apprehensive about contract renewal amid interest from England, Italy

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Nacho Fernandez has always had a love affair with Real Madrid. Despite not being the headline player for Los Blancos, the defender has always given his all for the team and has never complained about his role in the side.

At the age of 32, the Spaniard has featured in almost 300 matches for Real Madrid. And with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring at the end of the season, the club are keen on renewing his contract for one more year.

However, things have changed lately, as far as Nacho is concerned. Although the defender has never historically complained about his status in the team, the summer arrival of Antonio Rudiger, to an extent, has left him on the sidelines a bit too much than usual.

To put things into perspective, Nacho has earned only one start in La Liga so far and has fallen behind Rudiger, Eder Militao and David Alaba in the pecking order, thus leaving him frustrated.

As such, Nacho has shown no desire to extend his contract at Real Madrid so far and could be considering a move elsewhere, reports SPORT.

The player has been a subject of interest for many clubs across Europe, with Aston Villa manager Unai Emery, in particular, being a huge admirer of the defender.

Emery had tried to sign Nacho during his time at Villarreal, and he may do the same having returned to England recently.

Emery is not the only party interested in Nacho, though, with the 32-year-old also being targeted by Italian giants AS Roma and AC Milan. Portuguese club SL Benfica are also monitoring the veteran.

With time running out, this is the time for Real Madrid to convince Nacho by giving him a greater role in the first-team setup if they are to keep hold of the veteran.

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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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