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Real Madrid veteran feels ‘betrayed’ by club after signing of defensive duo – report

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Nacho Fernandez is one of many Real Madrid veterans to have their contracts expiring at the end of the season, meaning the club have its task cut out as they look to renew the deals of these star players and maintain the overall strength of the squad.

Given the way Nacho has served the club over the years, one would expect the centre-back to renew his deal at Santiago Bernabeu and continue to play a role for the senior side.

However, the coming summer represents a different scenario as far as the relationship between Nacho and Real Madrid are concerned.

According to Diario AS, Nacho is still happy with his life in Madrid and may end up renewing his contract at the club. But there is a sense of discontent growing around the player, who wants to have a more prominent role in the first-team.

In many ways, Nacho feels betrayed by how Real Madrid have treated him. Especially after the departures of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, the centre-back expected to become a prominent fixture in Real Madrid’s starting eleven.

But Real Madrid ended up signing players such as David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger in order to replace the departed players. The acquisition of Antonio Rudiger, in particular, had left Nacho extremely unhappy as the 33-year-old expected to become a first-choice option for Carlo Ancelotti this campaign, following his performances at the end of last season.

Nacho’s fortunes, though, have not changed at all. If anything, the Spaniard has found it more difficult to find game-time, having started in only two league matches this term. He has fallen behind the likes of Eder Militao, Alaba and Rudiger in the pecking order.

Although a contract extension could still be on the horizon, it appears Nacho will continue to play a bit-part role for Real Madrid in the coming season.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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