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Real Madrid veteran stops renewal negotiations, unhappy with current role

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Real Madrid have several players in their squad whose contracts will expire at the end of the ongoing campaign.

While the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema are expected to be renewed by another year, Mariano Diaz and possibly Dani Ceballos could be allowed to leave. Marco Asensio, too, could earn a new contract after recent performances.

However, one player who the club wants to renew, but is showing hesitations at the moment is veteran defender Nacho Fernandez.

Indeed, according to MARCA, the 32-year-old cantera has stopped renewal negotiations with the club as he is currently unhappy with his role in the team and wants to wait and see if things change over the course of the coming months.

Nacho has been at Real Madrid for 21 years now and has always had the idea of retiring as a one-club man. However, he is not entirely pleased with his role in the current season as his minutes have dried up since the arrival of Antonio Rudiger.

Indeed, the Spanish international is having to compete with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Rudiger for a starting berth at the heart of the defence, restricting him to just four starts thus far, while playing just 414 minutes across Los Blancos’ 21 matches across all competitions.

In comparison, at this point in last season, Nacho had played 15 matches, with ten of them as a starter and had accumulated over 900 minutes.

Given the difference, it is understandable for the player to have concerns over his role in the team and as a result, Nacho has put his contract talks on hold despite having a one-year offer on the table from the Merengues.

The 32-year-old will take stock of his situation in the coming months and decide whether to ink a new deal or move on from the club based on his role in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

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Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager

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Real Madrid's Turkish midfielder #24 Arda Guler watches from the bench the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Real Madrid CF and SC Braga at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2023. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)
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The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.

It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.

Turkey manager speaks out

Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.

As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.

“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.

Vincenzo Montella wants Arda Guler to play more at Real Madrid. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.

“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”

Exit on the cards?

Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.

The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.

But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.

Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.

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