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Real Madrid defender could reunite with Jose Mourinho at AS Roma in 2023

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Nacho Fernandez has spent his entire career at Real Madrid. A product of the academy, the 32-year-old has been on the club’s books for over two decades, having joined the youth setup back in 2001.

It was in 2011 that Nacho made his first-team debut for Real Madrid under then-manager Jose Mourinho. However, he became an official member of the senior setup in 2013, meaning he will be completing ten years with the first team come 2023.

However, it could very well prove to be Nacho’s final year at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Spaniard’s current contract with Los Blancos runs out at the end of the ongoing campaign and he has stalled on renewal talks as he is unhappy with his current situation.

And, according to Mundo Deportivo, a reunion with Mourinho at the latter’s current club, AS Roma, could be a potential option for Nacho, should he decide to call time on his career at Real Madrid.

While Nacho is seen as an important part of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad, the defender has seen his game-time take a hit since the summer signing of Antonio Rudiger.

Indeed, of the Merengues’ 21 matches across all competitions this season, Nacho has collected just a meagre 414 minutes. Unhappy with his involvement, the defender, who will turn 33 in Nacho, has halted talks over a new deal.

Furthermore, Real Madrid are also looking to add Josko Gvardiol to their ranks next summer. The Croatian’s potential arrival would push Nacho further down the order at the Bernabeu, which could compel him to consider an exit as a free agent in 2023.

Should that happen, Nacho is said to be attracting interest from several clubs in the Premier League and Serie A.

And, as per the report, a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Roma could be a very likely option for Nacho. Another former Real Madrid boss in Julen Lopetegui, who is currently in charge of Wolves, is also said to be keen on the veteran defender.

So, it will be interesting to see what Nacho decides with regard to his future as his contract closes in on expiration.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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