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Real Madrid veteran yet to respond to renewal offer, future very uncertain

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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.

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Real Madrid to start pre-season today with only seven first-team members

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Today, according to a report from MARCA, only seven first-team players from Real Madrid’s first team will be returning to training at Valdebebas.

These players are Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Jesus Vallejo, Fran Garcia, Dani Ceballos, and Brahim Diaz.

Real Madrid and their manager, Carlo Ancelotti, are gearing up for what could be their most demanding season ever. 

With seven major titles on the line, including the European Super Cup, La Liga, the Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup, they are set to play a staggering 68 games across all competitions over the next 11 months.

However, before diving into these intense competitions, the team will embark on a pre-season tour in the United States, where they will play three friendly matches against Milan on July 31, Barcelona on August 4, and Chelsea on August 7.

Limited firearms in the arsenal

Currently, however, only a few players have returned to training, while the rest are still enjoying their vacations following their extended participation in the European Championship and Copa America.

For those who are at the club, the challenge begins today at Real Madrid City, starting with medical tests in the morning and the first training session in the afternoon. 

Carlo Ancelotti will have only seven first-team members in the training today. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Ancelotti will initially have a limited squad due to the absence of international players, who will join the team gradually after their holidays. 

For now, the seven players who have returned will train alongside Castilla players, who are also starting their training today to help fill out the first team sessions. 

Need for new signings

Ancelotti’s current squad consists of 22 players, including two goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders, and five forwards. 

This season will see significant changes, with the departure of legends like Toni Kroos and Nacho, as well as Joselu, one of the heroes from their last Champions League campaign.

On the positive side, the squad will be boosted by the arrival of superstar Kylian Mbappe and promising young talent Endrick. Kepa Arrizabalaga is also absent, but his return is still possible, depending on the situation with Lunin, whose future with the club remains uncertain. 

Additionally, the continuity of Dani Ceballos is in question, and Real Madrid is working on signing Leny Yoro to strengthen their defence.

As the summer progresses, these moves will help finalize the squad that Ancelotti will rely on to tackle the daunting task of competing for seven major titles. 

The preparation and integration of new and returning players will be crucial for Real Madrid as they aim to make history in the upcoming season.

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