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Real Madrid send renewal documents to veteran, extension until 2024 imminent – Romano

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The fairytale story of Real Madrid and Nacho Fernandez is set to continue. The good news arrived at Santiago Bernabeu late last night after the defender finally chose between the various options on his table.

Despite seriously considering a departure from the Merengues in search of more minutes, Nacho’s dedication and love for the Real Madrid crest appear to have proven decisive. Carlo Ancelotti’s direct conversation with the player was another critical factor.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Los Blancos have sent the renewal documents to the defender and hope to complete the short-term contract signing in the coming hours. The new deal will keep the Spaniard at the club for one more year until 2024.

Nacho, for his part, has already informed Inter Milan that he will not be joining them this summer and his decision to stay for another season.

The 33-year-old is now one of the few homegrown stars left in the Merengues‘ setup. After over a decade at the club, he will be the new captain for Real Madrid in 2023-24 given Karim Benzema’s departure.

While Nacho will only sign for one additional year at the moment, the possibility of extending for another season is not ruled out. Once again, his decision will boil down to his role and prominence in the squad.

In 27 La Liga appearances for the men in white this season, the 33-year-old scored one goal and provided one assist. Defensively, he oversaw seven clean sheets and averaged over five defensive actions per game.

His role in the team is not expected to change next season, given that David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao continue to be ahead of him in the pecking order. The arrival of a new left-back, however, could seriously threaten his minutes given that he spent most of last season playing as a stand-in full-back for Ancelotti’s side.

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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