Even as the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Karim Benzema are set to renew with Real Madrid imminently, there remain uncertainties over the continuity of another veteran star in the form of Nacho Fernandez.
Just like the aforementioned trio, Nacho’s current contract with the Merengues expires on June 30. But, he has already been sent a renewal offer for one year by the club, reports Sergio Santos.
However, the versatile defender is yet to respond to the offer tabled by the Merengues which has created a layer of uncertainty over his continuity.
Nacho struggled for minutes in the early parts of the season, which he admitted was not ideal, leading to question marks over whether he would stay or leave.
But, things improved for the Spaniard midway through the campaign as he put in some vital performances domestically and in Europe against Liverpool. His rise even earned him a spot in the Spanish national team in March.
However, after that, Nacho’s game-time has once again depleted, with the defender hardly playing in recent weeks. The return to full fitness of players like David Alaba has not helped, but even when Carlo Ancelotti has rotated, Nacho has not had much prominence.
As such, it has once again brought up questions about his future, especially with the delays in his response to the contract offer.
The report states that the 33-year-old has suitors in England and Italy in Europe, while clubs in the MLS and Saudi Arabia are also pushing for his signing.
However, a decision is proving to be difficult as he is finding it hard to narrow down on a club that will meet his sporting and economic demands while also being suitable for his family.
A move to a minor league at the time when he is back in contention for a Spain call-up would be unadvisable for Nacho.
The academy graduate will need to respond to Real Madrid’s contract offer soon and it remains to be seen which way he leans.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.