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Real Madrid defender still undecided on future, Ancelotti wants him to stay

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In a couple of weeks, Real Madrid captain Nacho Fernandez will see his contract with the club expire. But as of yet, there is still no decision made over what his next move will be.

For quite some time, it was suggested that Nacho would run down his contract and move on as a free agent in the summer.

However, towards the final days of the season, reports claimed that the 34-year-old Spaniard could make a U-turn and continue.

Nacho still undecided

Now, MARCA reports that Nacho is still hesitating about what to do. He has three weeks left to decide if his future will be in Real Madrid.

As per the report, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to count on Nacho and has said so to the captain, who is meditating in Germany on what could happen with his future.

Nacho is yet to make a decision. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

The versatile defender has offers from Al Nassr and other Arab teams, as well as the MLS. At the same time, he would have the honour of continuing to be the captain of the white ship if he stayed in Madrid.

Nacho’s decision will mark the future of some players such as Rafa Marin, who will be returning from his loan spell at Deportivo Alaves.

If he opts to leave, it would also accelerate Real Madrid’s pursuit of Leny Yoro, who is a top target to reinforce the defensive line for the Merengues before next season.

Nacho already has an offer on the table from Real Madrid, but like his contract, the proposal will also expire on June 30. And, the ball is firmly in his court now.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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