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.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.