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Real Madrid veteran defender’s exit in January is a possibility – report

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According to MARCA, Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez leaving the club during the January transfer window is a possibility.

The versatile defender is in the final year of his contract with Los Blancos and even though he has a one-year extension offer on the table, the Spaniard has currently halted talks over his renewal.

This is because the Real Madrid cantera is unhappy with his role and involvement under Carlo Ancelotti this season.

Indeed, Nacho has found game-time extremely hard to come by this season following the summer arrival of Antonio Rudiger. The Spanish ace is behind Eder Militao, David Alaba and Rudiger in the pecking order, leading to reduced minutes.

The 32-year-old, as a result, has played just 11 times across all competitions, clocking up just 414 minutes in the process.

Given his reduced game-time and his contract situation, a summer exit could be on the horizon. However, the report adds that there is a chance that Nacho could depart as early as January as well.

The 32-year-old is attracting interest from Premier League clubs like Aston Villa and Wolves, where he could find increased game-time if he were to decide to swap clubs midway through the campaign.

A player who has spent his entire career at Real Madrid, Nacho has always maintained that he wanted to remain a one-club man. However, with his situation being as it is, an exit in January could become a possibility.

In case that happens, the report indicates that Ancelotti could turn to Real Madrid Castilla defender Rafa Marin to reinforce the centre-back department.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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