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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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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros



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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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