With only one start to his name this season, Nacho has been on the periphery of things at Real Madrid.
While the defensive pairing of Eder Militao and David Alaba was already one of the finest in Europe last season, the addition of Antonio Rudiger has not made life any easier for the Spanish international.
Keeping that in mind, it has been revealed that the 32-year old has decided not to sign a contract renewal with Los Blancos, as reported by journalist Javier Herraez (h/t Carrusel Deportivo).
While it seemed that the veteran would prolong his stay at the club, he has seemingly put the brakes on making any such commitment for the time being.
Ultimately, Nacho has virtually no chance of becoming a regular starter in the Spanish capital, as the full-back areas also have the likes of Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy and David Alaba all superior options at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal.
With the decorated defender’s reluctance to put pen to paper, a number of sides in Europe will be open to signing him, considering the need for an experienced and versatile operator of his ilk.
Considering the ageing centre-half could be available as a free agent, it would be no surprise to see several teams queue up for his signature in the summer of 2023.
As a result, Nacho is perhaps making the right career choice by putting an end to his successful time at Real Madrid.
At 32 years of age, the Spaniard must be a regular starter elsewhere, considering his trophy cabinet has silverware galore at club level.
It will be interesting to assess if Nacho goes through with his decision, considering he has been at the club for a staggering 21 years.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.