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Real Madrid table one-year contract offer for club captain but there’s a catch

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Nacho Fernandez has been at Real Madrid for more than two decades now. Having started at the grassroots level to becoming the first-team captain this past season, the 34-year-old has come a long way.

To top it, Nacho went on to captain the team to La Liga, UEFA Champions League, and Spanish Super Cup triumphs in his very first season as captain.

However, in three weeks, the 34-year-old versatile defender sees his contract with his beloved club expire and there is still no certainty over his next move.

There have been contradicting reports about Nacho’s future, with some suggesting he would leave while others claimed he would continue. The defender himself has been very cryptic about the matter.

Real Madrid table one-year offer

Now, though, MARCA reports that Real Madrid have tabled a one-year contract renewal offer for Nacho Fernandez.

The Merengues will be involved in as many as seven competitions next season and want to ensure that they have quality depth across all areas of the pitch.

As such, even though they are expected to promote Rafa Marin to the senior setup and are pursuing Leny Yoro as well, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe intend to retain their captain as well.

Will Nacho stay or leave? (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

To that end, Real Madrid have already sent a one-year extension offer to Nacho, that would keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.

The offer has a deadline

However, the contract offer that Real Madrid have sent to Nacho comes with a catch. Indeed, as per the report, the extension proposal on the defender’s table has a deadline following which it would no longer be valid.

It is claimed that Real Madrid’s offer for Nacho will expire on June 30 – the same day that his current contract runs out as well.

As such, the defender is now forced to make a decision in the coming days, even though he is currently with the Spain national team for the Euros.

Nacho has proposals from the MLS while former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo wants him at Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia. So, it will be interesting to see how things develop in the days to come.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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