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Real Madrid defender to make a decision on his future before April – report



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When asked why his side failed to capitalise on the right wing in the second half against Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp did not hesitate in naming Nacho Fernandez. The manager admitted that the defender’s substitution into the game took away his men’s freedom down the flank and praised the Spaniard’s influence.

After the game, Nacho was asked about his future at the club by the media, given that he has just five months left on his deal. However, the veteran asked for time and said that he hadn’t made his decision.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, Nacho’s decision over his future will come soon. The player wishes to end the entire saga before April so as to avoid making a fuss about it.

The veteran Real Madrid defender has not had regular minutes under Carlo Ancelotti. He has become the last-choice defender and only starts in the absence of other options through injury.

Nacho is understandably frustrated at his situation in the club. Several players in the dressing room are also said to be annoyed by the Spaniard’s lack of minutes and feel that he deserves better.

Yet, the 33-year-old has always maintained a professional attitude and performs exceptionally when called upon.

Nacho has only started seven of Real Madrid’s 22 La Liga games this season and has overseen four clean sheets while on the field. Further, he averages over five defensive actions per game.

The youth academy graduate confirmed after the game at Anfield that Real Madrid had offered to extend his contract but called it a difficult and personal decision to take from his end.

After all, Nacho’s near-zero involvement at the beginning of the season was hard on the player, and it is clear that he does not wish to sit on the sidelines.

A decision on his future, thus, will likely be made before April and it will be interesting to see if the seasoned campaigner continues to be a one-club man or seeks a change of scenery.

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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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