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Real Madrid veteran yet to take decision about extension, club will not pressure him

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Real Madrid’s 2022-23 season officially came to an end with a 1-1 draw against Athletic Club de Bilbao on Sunday night. The complete focus is now on the upcoming summer transfer window as the administration plan for a massive overhaul.

The Merengues have already announced the departures of several stars including Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz and Karim Benzema. However, there is a chance that the list does not end there.

The future of Nacho Fernandez has been under a cloud of doubt for a long time now. The defender has an official renewal offer on the table from Real Madrid but has not communicated his decision so far.

According to reports from Arancha Rodriguez (h/t RM4Arab), Nacho has not chosen between the options on his table yet. He is oscillating between the choices of leaving and staying, although the former appears more probable.

His final decision is not expected to take long. However, Los Blancos, for their part, do not want to put any pressure on the centre-back to hurry to a decision.

The Spanish international has been a loyal servant to the Merengues from the day he was promoted from the Castilla side a decade ago. However, he desires a regular starting role in his final years in the top flight, and Carlo Ancelotti cannot give him any such guarantee.

Inter Milan are said to be well-placed to land the 33-year-old if he opts to leave the club of his dreams. With Milan Skriniar leaving, the Champions League finalists assure him of a regular role across all competitions, and the proposal is said to tempt the player.

After over 15 dedicated years at Real Madrid, the defender has earned the right to depart the club with his head held high. The Galacticos will find it difficult to find a player as committed and versatile as Nacho, even in the years to come.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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