Nacho Fernandez will go down as one of Real Madrid’s best-ever home-grown defensive talents. The veteran celebrated his 33rd birthday last month and has seen an improved role under Carlo Ancelotti in recent weeks after a rough start to the season.
His future at the club, however, is uncertain. The centre-back has a proposal from the Merengues to extend his deal by a further season but is said to be unsure about accepting it. There is thus a good chance that Nacho departs Santiago Bernabeu at the end of his contract in June.
According to reports from ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), the academy graduate’s departure could pave the way for another one of Real Madrid’s Castilla stars to enter the first-team dynamics. The name in the discussion is Rafa Marin.
The youngster is still waiting for an offer from Real Madrid to extend his deal, given that only eighteen months remaining on it. He feels he is ready to play with the senior team and hopes for a promotion along with his new contract.
Nacho’s departure, thus, could help him get his way if Ancelotti deems him fit to play at the highest level.
The 20-year-old is very highly rated in the Spanish capital and is seen as a special talent. He has already made 22 appearances for the Castilla outfit this season in the league and has scored two goals in addition to leading the defence. Furthermore, he is already capped by the U-18 Spanish outfit.
Chelsea are said to be interested in the player’s signature, and it is clear that clubs in Europe are attentive to his situation. The ball is thus now in Real Madrid’s court, for the youngster could look to leave next season for a top club if not given a chance to impress soon.
Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report
Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.
Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.
The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.
A potential departure
As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.
Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.
Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.
In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.
As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.
As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.
Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.