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Real Madrid set a date to inaugurate the new Santiago Bernabeu with Super Bowl-like event

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Real Madrid began the renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the 2019 season with an expected completion in three and a half years. The stadium was expected to be ready by late 2022 or early 2023, but the progress unsurprisingly took a blow with the global pandemic amidst other hurdles.

According to reports from Josep Pedrerol, Los Blancos plan to open the new Santiago Bernabeu on December 23rd 2023. The inauguration will be a grand and large-scale event and one comparable to the Super Bowl.

The project that aimed to convert the European Champions’ stadium into a modern, state-of-the-art location saw the club utilise a €575 million line of credit repayable over 35 years with a maximum interest rate of 2.5% as revealed by AS.

The most striking feature of the new establishment is the retractable roof and a movable pitch that can be moved away from the stadium to host other events. A greenhouse located adjacent will ensure the grass is preserved in such situations.

In addition, there has been a renovation of the seating, especially on the lower stands, and the construction of two new towers. Needless to say, the Bernabeu can claim to be one of the best football stadiums in the world upon its imminent inauguration.

To adjust to the ongoing construction, Los Blancos played a large part of their games in 2021 at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. They only returned to the Bernabeu in September 2021 in front of a reduced crowd. With the project nearing completion, the audience admitted is gradually increasing this season.

After close to three years of a compromised home crowd behind their back, the men in white will look forward to playing in front of a filled and grand stadium next season. Needless to say, there is a lot to be excited for as a Real Madrid fan.

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Revealed: Reasons why Real Madrid captain is contemplating exit

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Real Madrid bid Toni Kroos an emotional farewell toward the end of last season, as the German midfielder opted not to pursue continuity in the Spanish capital and instead ride off into the sunset.

However, as the summer transfer window looms large, it appears the German maestro will not be the only veteran hitting the exit door for Los Blancos.

Indeed, Nacho Fernandez’s future continues to be up in the air, as his Real Madrid contract is set to expire in a few days.

Why Nacho is mulling over a departure

The Real Madrid centre-back has been reported to have received a lucrative two-year offer from Al Ittihad, who would nearly quadruple his current salary.

Aside from the appealing financial package from Saudi Arabia, according to AS, Nacho is inclined to leave for other reasons.

Nacho feels his role has diminished under Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

For one, the Spanish defender believes that under Ancelotti, his position on the team has not evolved.

Even though he had an impressive season, missing important games like the league Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu and the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Manchester City has caused him to reevaluate his future.

This season, he has participated in 45 of the 55 games, missing just three because of suspensions.

Yet, his future at the club appears doubtful owing to the return of Rafa Marin from loan, the presence of Antonio Rudiger, and the return of Eder Militao and David Alaba from injury.

Moreover, Nacho’s thoughts have also been impacted by the persistent speculations that Real Madrid is interested in signing Leny Yoro. In the event that Nacho departs, Yoro might join either this summer.

As such, given the competition in defence next season and the reported wage hike at Al Ittihad, it is likely that Nacho will end up departing the Merengues.

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