Nacho Fernandez has slipped down the pecking order at Real Madrid over the past year. The arrivals of David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger along with Eder Militao’s ever-rising importance make it difficult for the Spaniard to see minutes.
Yet, the defender has been an absolute sportsman at the club. He has understood his role as a high-quality backup and does not demand anything from the manager. Given the chance, he seldom disappoints on the field.
Nacho’s current contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season and reports had suggested that talks over a renewal were not going anywhere.
It has even sparked a lot of interest in his services, with clubs like Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Juventus, Napoli and AS Roma are also watching his situation.
But according to reports from AS, the centre-back has already agreed on personal terms with Real Madrid verbally about a possible contract extension. The revised terms will see him don the white jersey for 12 more months. Both parties are waiting until the end of the season to sign the paperwork and make it official.
Los Blancos see him as a valuable resource for Carlo Ancelotti’s plans but refuse to offer a renewal beyond a year as is their norm with all veterans. Needless to say, his further continuity will depend on his performance over the next year and his age.
The defender has made seven La Liga appearances for the Merengues this season, but most of his minutes have come off the bench. He played a critical role in the team’s 3-2 comeback win over Villarreal, however, as he made 14 defensive actions in ninety minutes.
Nacho could get more prominence as the gruelling season progresses. Rotations will be key for Ancelotti’s side to lead their charge on all fronts, and the 33-year-old will serve as a critical component.
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.