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Real Madrid set to meet Barcelona for a pre-season El Clasico in the USA
El Clasico is more than a game of football. The two Spanish giants advocate polar political ideologies, making their rivalry unique. Real Madrid are viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona, Catalan nationalism.
Needless to say, there is a massive political component involved when the two teams face off. It evokes a spirit of patriotism and passion that makes the rivalry special.
A few years ago, it was impossible to imagine El Clasico outside Spain. Yet, the lucrative economic proposals have made it possible. Most recently, the two teams met in the quarterfinals of the Supercopa de Espana in Saudi Arabia.
According to reports from MARCA, Barcelona and Real Madrid are closing in on an agreement for a pre-season El Clasico in the Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas.
La Liga has tried several times to take field matches in the United States. However, their attempts failed twice, with the RFEF and FIFA raising their voice against it. Not to mention the fans who were
Javier Tebas denied any possibility of taking El Clasico overseas last year when he spoke with ESPN. He said,
“El Clasico is a more difficult game to export because it’s the most important club game in the world, it’s different. But we might take other official games, we’re certainly looking at that.”
Holding a preseason game between the two arch-rivals is the best chance for the US to host a Clasico. Both teams will have key players missing in the pre-season but, one can expect the crowds to turn up regardless.
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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.