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Real Madrid veteran excited by captaincy responsibilities: “A very important challenge”

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Speaking to the club’s official media, Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez has spoken about what it means for him to be the first captain of the team.

An academy product, Nacho has been with Real Madrid for 20 years now, having joined the Merengues way back in 2003. The 33-year-old has spent his entire professional career with the Spanish capital club and has been a valuable member of the team for years now.

A leader in the dressing room, Nacho has captained Real Madrid previously, but he has now been appointed the first captain following the summer departure of Karim Benzema. And, the veteran cantera is excited at the opportunity, as he said:

“Being captain is very nice and a very important challenge.”

“I’ve been here my whole life, not only in the first team but in all the categories. Representing this club is the best thing that can happen to me. I’m a home-grown man and I’ve been captain many times, but being Real Madrid’s first captain is very special.”

Talking about the responsibilities that the club captaincy entails, Nacho said: “The responsibility that comes with it is to keep fighting and winning titles, that doesn’t change. I always try to fight for my team and win games with this crest, which is what you are taught from the time you are a little boy.”

“I was taught very well since I was a child what the values of this club are and now I’m going to try to pass them on. My dream was to make my debut with the first team but being first captain is something different. As the moment gets closer, I’m believing in it more,” he added.

On what it means for him to be the captain of the team, Nacho stated: “The team and the fans show me their affection every day. Being captain means being a leader and being the best teammate for everyone else.

“I’m proud and happy and with the help of this great team everything is easier.”

It must be remembered that Nacho was set to be out of contract this summer, with his previous deal with the club expiring on June 30. And after much deliberation, the 33-year-old decided to pen a new one-year deal to continue with the club for one more season.

Opening up on his decision to continue, Nacho said: “Even if there are difficulties over the years, it’s always worth it at the end of each season to extend my contract for another year.

“I take it with the same enthusiasm as I did in my first game. I think this year is going to be very nice for everyone.

Finally, Nacho also spoke about the team’s pre-season tour of the United States of America and its importance, saying:

“This pre-season is special, as they all are. I’m proud to be here. In Los Angeles we feel at home, we’ve been coming here for many years. With the recognition that the club has, they know you all over the world. It’s a reason to be happy for the affection that the fans show us.”

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Report: Real Madrid reactivate interest to sign €50 million-rated defender

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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to reactivate the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Spanish football giant has shown interest in the Canadian star for quite some time but has yet to seal the deal. Now, following the conclusion of the Copa America, Real Madrid are reigniting their efforts to sign Davies.

Before the Copa America began, Davies mentioned that he would postpone any decisions about his future until after the tournament. 

With the competition now over, his future remains a hot topic for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are keenly monitoring the situation.

Real Madrid will not meet Bayern’s demand

Real Madrid are hesitant to meet Bayern Munich’s asking price of €50 million for Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025. 

Negotiations between Bayern Munich and Davies’ agent have been ongoing, but they haven’t reached an agreement. Davies is reportedly seeking a significant salary increase, rumoured to be around €20 million per season, which Bayern Munich has declined.

Alphonso Davies is likely to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of this stalemate, Bayern Munich’s management has decided to withdraw their renewal offer, risking the possibility of Davies leaving for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

This development has opened the door for Real Madrid, who are preparing to make an offer that could potentially satisfy Bayern Munich’s demands.

Davies is likely to leave

In Germany, the consensus is that Davies is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Real Madrid being the most probable destination. The situation is fluid, but it appears that the Spanish club is in a strong position to acquire the talented Canadian defender.

For Real Madrid, securing a player of Davies’ calibre would be a significant boost to their squad. The club is known for its aggressive transfer strategies, and bringing in a player like Davies aligns with their goals.

As the summer transfer window progresses, the focus will remain on the negotiations between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Both clubs have a lot at stake, and the outcome will depend on their ability to find common ground regarding the transfer fee and Davies’ salary demands.

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