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Real Madrid want veteran star to retire at club, set to renew his contract until 2024

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Nacho Fernandez might not be the most eye-catching player, but the Real Madrid cantera has proven himself to be a reliable operator for years at the club.

Be it as a centre-back or left-back or right-back, the versatile defender has delivered for the team more often than not every time he has been called upon. And naturally, the veteran star is held in high regard within the club by the coaching staff and the management.

To that end, Diario AS (h/t MadridXtra) is reporting that Real Madrid are set to hand Nacho a new contract that will see him prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until the summer of 2024.

The 32-year-old signed a new contract last year with Los Blancos, extending his tenure at the club until 2023. And with less than twelve months left on his deal, he will be given another one-year extension.

The report insists that Real Madrid want the Spanish defender to remain a one-club man for his entire career and retire at the Bernabeu.

In the recent past, the 32-year-old Nacho has turned down proposals from several clubs in order to stay put at the Spanish capital club. As per the report, the versatile academy graduate prefers to play a single minute at Real Madrid than represent any other team.

And with the club also keen on continuing the partnership, Nacho is now all set to pen a new contract that will keep him at Real Madrid until 2024.

Since making his first-team debut for the Merengues in 2011 under then-manager Jose Mourinho, Nacho has featured 276 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals and setting up nine more.

Nacho started the opening game of the 2022/23 season against UD Almeria but has not featured since.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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