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Real Madrid have agreed to extend veteran’s contract, but player tempted by Premier League

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According to a report from AS, Real Madrid have agreed to renew the contract of veteran defender Nacho Fernandez by one more year until 2024. However, his continuity at the club is not guaranteed at this point as the player is said to be tempted by the Premier League.

Nacho has spent his entire career at Real Madrid. The 33-year-old made his first-team breakthrough in 2011 and has continued to be a useful presence in the squad ever since without really establishing himself as a regular starter at any point.

But, given his versatility, dedication and commitment, Nacho is a very popular figure among the fans and the managers he has worked with at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Following the summer arrival of Antonio Rudiger, the Spaniard suffered from a lack of game-time, something that upset him. But in the second half of the campaign, Nacho has regained prominence in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

The versatile defender, who can play anywhere across the backline, has featured much more regularly and seems happier at the club.

Real Madrid, for their part, have always wanted to keep hold of Nacho at the club. And the player, too, has been keen on continuing at the Bernabeu.

The report claims that Nacho’s agents had met with the club officials earlier in the season and had agreed some conditions over a one-year renewal. It was decided that they would meet again at the end of the campaign when the player would sign the agreement.

However, doubts are said to be creeping in now as Nacho is tempted by the prospect of moving to the Premier League. The report states that clubs in England would be willing to offer him longer contracts for two or three years while keeping his current salary.

At Real Madrid, though, players over 30 are traditionally offered just one-year extensions. So, it has created some doubts in Nacho’s mind.

Los Blancos are not forcing the defender into a decision and there is no deadline on the contract offer presented to him.

And the final call is totally up to the player as he considers renewing at Real Madrid or moving to the Premier League.

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‘Give everything to win’ – Real Madrid UCL hero ready for Barcelona challenge

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Andriy Lunin was Real Madrid’s main protagonist in the club’s narrow win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Lunin is going to be in focus once again as Real Madrid brace themselves for another important encounter against Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of this crucial tie, Lunin talked about how Real Madrid will put the title race to an end if they can secure a win over Barça.

Lunin on Barcelona – Real Madrid clash

“It is clear that Clásico is a very important match. We are all clear that winning this Sunday can almost solve the League,” Lunin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“We have prepared ourselves in the best possible way to take three points, which are very important.”

Real Madrid are indeed heading into this game with a solid eight-point lead over Barcelona in the league table.

A win this evening could help them extend that gap to 11 points, effectively ruling Barça out of the title race.

Lunin is focused ahead of the Barcelona tie (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid have attained an excellent record against Barcelona of late. Lunin, though, believes past encounters do not matter in a Clasico.

“In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona the things that have happened are forgotten and everyone is concentrating,” the Ukrainian added.

Lunin went on to talk about Real Madrid’s gruelling schedule, with the Spanish giants coming on the back of a 120-minute encounter against Man City.

“It is true that last stretch of the season is very demanding. The team played 120 minutes in Manchester, it was good to suffer and overcome difficulties. Now we have Barça at home, with our people and we have no choice but to give everything to win,” he said.

Lunin also talked about his watered-down celebration following his penalty heroics against Man City, adding, “I am a quiet and rather shy person, but within me, I had tremendous joy. I already said after the game that I was the happiest person in the world.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about his future at Real Madrid, with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2025.

“Real Madrid has been a dream since I was little, but now it is time for the most important games of the season and we have to be focused because we have to get the best result from what we have left. Then we will talk about the papers (contract) and other things,” he concluded.

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