According to The Athletic, Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez could be on his way out in the summer as talks over a new contract have come to a complete standstill.
The 32-year-old is one of the very few active one-club footballers in the game currently. But his contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season.
While it was believed that he would sign a new deal a few months ago, the scenario has seemingly changed of late.
As per the report, the feedback that Nacho’s camp have been receiving from the Merengues is not positive at all, leading to aspersions over his continuity at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current campaign.
Talks are understood to have come to a total standstill, leaving the Spaniard to explore other possible opportunities for the summer.
The report suggests that Nacho has interest from a long-time suitor in Spain along with clubs from the other big leagues, while he is also fielding offers from teams in Saudi Arabia.
However, in case Nacho was to leave the club this summer, Major League Soccer (MLS) could be his next favoured destination, with the report stating that talks have already been held in that direction.
A product of the Real Madrid academy, Nacho has been on the club’s books for longer than two decades. While never a permanent fixture in the side, the 32-year-old has always been an important squad player due to his versatility, commitment, and leadership.
But, as things stand, his renewal looks unlikely and a summer exit could be on the cards, with MLS emerging as a possible destination.
As for the Merengues, they could look to bring in a new defender in the summer, with Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig a target for the club.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.