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Real Madrid to announce contract renewals of two veteran stars next week – report

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According to a report from AS, Real Madrid are expected to announce two new contract extensions for Nacho and Lucas Vazquez next week.

Earlier today, we reported that Real Madrid offered a one-year extension to Toni Kroos and the club veteran has finally decided to extend his stay for another season.

Building on to the excitement, two other renewals will be announced as early as next week.

Carlo Ancelotti is on board

The outlet mentions that discussions with Nacho and Vazquez have wrapped up swiftly and smoothly, leading to the decision to make the announcement after the Real Madrid-Athletic Club match in La Liga next week. 

With no matches scheduled for the team next week due to the Copa del Rey final break, the club plans to announce that both Nacho and Vazquez will continue at least until 2025.

Nacho and Lucas Vazquez are integral to Real Madrid plans. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Carlo Ancelotti and his coaching staff have clearly conveyed to the club’s board that retaining both players is a mindful move, given their consistently high performance throughout the season.

Both have made their cases

Despite being on the wrong side of his 30s, Nacho has made his case this season. Although called upon more often due to injuries to Eder Militao and David Alaba, he has managed to take on the challenges.

“Unlike last season, this year I have taken it differently. I’m enjoying every game without thinking about the future,” he recently said about his future.

Real Madrid reportedly let Nacho decide his fate and the defender was more than willing to continue for at least another year.

Meanwhile, Vazquez holds a significant influence in the locker room. He is seen as one of the veteran players who actively aid the integration of young talents in the team.

This role has elevated him beyond just being a player on the field. Ancelotti highly values his presence, so much so that he has specifically requested for Vazquez to stay. 

Consequently, the club has decided against recruiting any right-backs this summer as with Dani Carvajal and Vazquez, they believe the position is adequately secured.

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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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