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Real Madrid veteran to hold talks with board over future amid exit rumours

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When Nacho Fernandez featured against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final, many assumed it would be his last game for Real Madrid.

The defender, after all, was reportedly considering the idea of putting an end to his spell at Santiago Bernabeu, after spending no less than 23 years at the club.

Nacho to discuss future with Real Madrid

However, after leading Real Madrid to their 15th Champions League title, it appears Nacho Fernandez might reconsider his future as he nears the end of his contract.

According to The Athletic, Nacho is expected to meet with the club’s representatives in the coming days to discuss his future at the club.

Nacho’s current deal at the Bernabeu expires at the end of the month. But Real Madrid might not object to a contract renewal, given the experience and leadership he offers to the table.

Nacho won his sixth UCL title earlier this month (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Indeed, Nacho has been critical to Real Madrid’s success this season. With the club missing out first-choice centre-backs David Alaba and Eder Militao through injuries, it was Nacho who stepped up to the plate and helped the club win a double.

Despite his success, Nacho was considering a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, in favour of a new adventure elsewhere.

However, it appears Nacho has started forming doubts over leaving Real Madrid and has not ruled out a prolonged stay at the club.

This should serve as a massive boost for Real Madrid, who have had to deal with limited resources in the defensive department, which has even forced the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga to operate in deeper roles this season.

If Nacho continues, Real Madrid will not face too much pressure to sign a new centre-back in the upcoming January transfer window, although the club have already set their sights on Leny Yoro.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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