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Real Madrid growing more and more convinced about re-signing ex-academy ace



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The left-back department has become a pressing issue for Real Madrid, of late. While Ferland Mendy has proven to be a reliable option, the Frenchman has his own limitations and does not necessarily offer the world-class qualities the club are looking for.

There are concerns over the future of Mendy, who may even depart Santiago Bernabeu in the summer. Meanwhile, the club also lack reliable alternatives in the left-back department. David Alaba has largely fulfilled that role, but the Austrian, no doubt, enjoys playing at centre-back.

This has accentuated the need for a new left-back in the summer, with recent reports suggesting Fran Garcia as a potential option.

According to MARCA, it appears Real Madrid are already making some advancements in their pursuit of the Rayo Vallecano starlet, who has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence since joining the club in 2020.

With each passing day, Real Madrid are surer of the prospect of signing Garcia, who had initially started his career in the club’s own youth academy.

Amid growing demand for Spanish fullbacks such as Marc Cucurella and Alex Moreno, the Whites are considering a move for the Vallecano starlet, who reportedly has a release clause worth €10 million.

Real Madrid, though, will only need to pay €5 million as they share half the rights of the player – a clause that was signed when they sold the player to Vallecano in 2021.

With that in mind, there is room for Real Madrid to even make a profit, should clubs from the Premier League opt to splurge on the Vallecano starlet. But it appears the Whites are keener on incorporating the youngster into the first team from the 2023/24 campaign.

But, with interest in the player mounting, Real Madrid will need to act swiftly if they are to secure a return for Garcia. The report suggests that manager Carlo Ancelotti likes the player a lot but is awaiting for a green signal from the club’s upper management over the deal.

Real Betis have shown an interest in Garcia as a possible replacement for Alex Moreno, while clubs in England and Italy are also looking at him. So, it is now up to the Real Madrid management to make a quick decision on the young defender.

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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report



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Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.

His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.

Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.

His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.

Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.

The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:

“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.” 

While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.

His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.

Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.

Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.

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