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Real Madrid defender considering leaving the club in the summer



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A recent report from Sergio Gomez has offered a cold reality check for Real Madrid, suggesting that the Spanish champions are in danger of losing one of their prized assets in the form of Nacho Fernandez.

For the first time in his life, the Spanish defender is contemplating leaving his club of dreams, in favour of a move elsewhere. This is because his current deal at the Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season the club have not come to him with a new proposal just yet.

With just eight starts in La Liga this season, it is no secret that Nacho has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid, with Carlo Ancelotti often preferring the likes of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Antonio Rudiger.

Nacho, in fact, has been thinking about his future for a while now and it appears the boiling point has been reached. This could ultimately lead to his exit in the coming summer.

Real Madrid are aware of Nacho’s dissatisfaction. The report suggests the coaching staff and the team rate Nacho quite highly due to his experience, leadership and versatility. But the veteran’s contract issue is not a matter that keeps the club’s executives ‘up late night’.

Recent reports suggest the 33-year-old will make a definitive decision on his future by April. This should greatly help Real Madrid prepare for his exit and find a proper replacement in the market.

The Spanish giants have been notably linked with a move for Portuguese defender Antonio Silva, who is young and can become a long-term option for the club – just like Eder Militao.

However, it would perhaps be a prudent move from Real Madrid’s perspective to keep hold of Nacho for another season.

The Spaniard’s experience and leadership, coupled with his ability to play anywhere in defence could prove to be useful for the coming season, especially given the way the current defensive options have struggled with injuries this term.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors




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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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