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Real Madrid veteran’s continuity beyond this season still up in the air – report

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Nacho Fernandez has been a valuable player for Real Madrid. Having spent his entire career at the club, the 32-year-old defender has been a handy utility player for Los Blancos thanks to his versatile nature and leadership.

After making over 100 appearances for the club’s Castilla outfit, Nacho has featured in 286 matches for Real Madrid’s first team, even bagging 15 goals and nine assists in the process.

The Spaniard played an important role in Los Merengues’ La Liga and UEFA Champions League triumph last season under Carlo Ancelotti. However, game-time has been hard to come by for Nacho this season.

It has cast aspersions over his continuity at the club beyond the current season, with MARCA reporting that his future still remains up in the air as he we enter the last six months of the 2022/23 campaign.

Nacho’s current contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the ongoing season. And, according to reports, the 32-year-old defender has brought a halt to any negotiations over a potential extension as he is not entirely happy with his situation at the Bernabeu.

Nacho has played just 11 times across all competitions for the reigning champions of Spain and Europe. The versatile defender has started just four matches across all competitions, with his minutes taking a serious beating following the acquisition of Antonio Rudiger in the summer.

So, considering that his contract expires at the end of the season and talks over a renewal have hit a standstill, there is no clarity over Nacho’s continuity at Real Madrid beyond this season.

The Spaniard’s potential departure at the end of the season could open the doors for the Merengues to sign a new defender, with RB Leipzig and Croatia star Josko Gvardiol on the radars of the club.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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