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Real Madrid planning to renew Castilla defender’s contract which expires in 2023
Real Madrid youngster Rafa Marin is held in the highest of regard within the club and has been tipped for a bright future. And, as per MARCA, the Merengues are planning to hand him a new contract at the earliest possible.
The 20-year-old has been on the club’s books since 2016 when he joined from the Sevilla youth academy. Having progressed through the ranks, the centre-back has grown into a mainstay at the heart of the Castilla defence over the past year.
So far, Marin has played 33 times for Raul Gonzalez’s side and has been a permanent fixture this season, bagging a goal in four matches.
However, given the plethora of options at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal in the senior team, the towering defender is yet to make his first-team debut.
Marin was linked with a move to Swiss club FC Basel in January earlier this year, but Los Blancos blocked the move.
The young central defender was also attracting interest from clubs such as Rayo Vallecano during the summer as well. But once again, Real Madrid denied him an exit as they want him to remain at the club for a long time.
To that end, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe will now hand him a new contract. Marin’s current deal stands to expire at the end of the ongoing campaign. And handing him an extension would be a good move from the club’s perspective, given the potential he possesses.
It will be interesting to see whether Marin gets his first-team breakthrough anytime soon. Irrespective of that, Real Madrid will continue to try and tie him down to a new contract.
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
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.