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Real Madrid hopeful veteran defender will sign a new contract

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A recent report from Diario SPORT has offered an update on Real Madrid’s targets in the transfer market, coupled with the status of their existing stars.

It appears the club are looking for reinforcements across the board, including the defensive department. Signing a centre-back is not believed to be among the priorities, despite the uncertainties over the future of Nacho Fernandez.

The report suggests Real Madrid are hopeful of Nacho extending his contract. The veteran defender has been a fine servant for the club over the years, having featured in almost 300 competitive matches for the team.

Real Madrid value the efforts Nacho has made over the years and wants to keep him around for at least another season. His current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season, but the player has the option to renew his deal for one more year.

However, if the recent reports in Spanish media are anything to go by, it appears Nacho’s future at Real Madrid is far from secure. The player is reportedly having second thoughts over his decision to renew the contract, knowing his role at the club has dwindled since the arrival of Antonio Rudiger.

The veteran has featured in just 141 minutes of league football so far this season. His role in the team could dwindle even more as players such as Rudiger, David Alaba and Eder Militao further consolidate their position as the defensive leaders at the club.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid remain confident Nacho will extend the contract, even though the Spaniard is likely to be approached by other clubs across Europe. The coming month could be a crucial one, as far as the defender’s future is concerned.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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