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Real Madrid striker received zero offers to leave in the summer
Throughout the summer window, if there was one player at Real Madrid who was linked with an exit, it was unsurprisingly Mariano Diaz.
While a departure for the Dominican international seemed inevitable to many, a fresh update suggests why a potential deal could not eventually get over the line.
As per the latest information provided by El Chiringuito, there were no offers from any club to sign Mariano Diaz.
It has further been mentioned that no club was interested in signing the out-of-favour striker.
Diaz has been speculated with moves away from the Spanish capital, with Juventus claimed to be interested in his signature as a cut-price option, as well as Fenerbahce eyeing a switch for him.
However, a key factor that is believed to have put teams off from signing the former Lyon frontman are his substantial wage demands.
As a result, clubs such as Getafe, Sevilla and Rayo Vallecano reportedly dropped their interest, as the player’s wage demands were simply unfeasible for the Spanish trio of sides.
While it was also claimed that Fenerbahce were keen on a transfer for Mariano Diaz, it was reported that he was uninterested in a move to Turkey.
Keeping aside several contrasting reports around the 29-year-old’s future at Real Madrid, it is also key to account for the fact that he has played under 1,000 minutes in La Liga over the previous two seasons.
With Diaz showing little to no signs of providing value on the pitch, it would not be surprising to note that no club was willing to give him a second chance.
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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.