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Real Madrid veteran chooses next destination as summer departure looms

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Slowly but surely, Real Madrid are losing their grip on Nacho Fernandez, who is tilting towards an exit from Santiago Bernabeu.

Nacho, who has been at Real Madrid for 23 years now, will become a free agent in the summer. He has the option to renew his contract at the club, but it appears the veteran is hell-bent on finding a new challenge elsewhere.

Nacho has decided to leave Real Madrid

Such has been confirmed by yet another report from MARCA (h/t Mundo Deportivo), which suggests that Nacho has decided to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

During his 23-year association with the White Club, Nacho has been involved in 357 competitive matches. During this time, he notably won five Champions League titles and several league titles.

What’s the next move for Nacho? (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

But Nacho’s time at Real Madrid has finally come to an end. He will not renew his contract, regardless of whether or not Los Blancos secure the Champions League title this season.

What is Nacho’s next destination?

According to the report, Nacho has also made a call on his next destination, amid interest from Inter Milan, as well as several Saudi Arabian giants.

Nacho, though, has decided he won’t continue his career in Europe or move to the tempting Saudi League. Instead, the veteran has decided to move to the United States, for the next chapter of his career.

Indeed, Nacho is expected to join the MLS after leaving Real Madrid this summer. Although the report has not specifically mentioned any MLS club, Nacho is unlikely to have any shortage of suitors in the United States.

Moving to MLS could see Nacho follow in the footsteps of multiple Spanish players in the recent past, including former Barcelona duo Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, who currently ply their trade for Inter Miami.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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