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.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.