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Real Madrid’s plans to use the funds from Casemiro’s sale to Manchester United
Casemiro’s departure from Real Madrid marks the end of an era for the club. Widely regarded as the best defensive midfielder in the world, the Brazilian was one of the most vital components of Los Blancos’ setup for close to a decade.
Manchester United officially announced their acquisition of the 30-year-old on Friday. The English side agreed to pay €86 million including add-ons for the player.
According to reports from AS, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and CEO Jose Angel Sanchez have decided to reinvest the money from Casemiro’s sale into the Bernabeu renovations.
Instead of looking for an immediate replacement in midfield, the club prefer to wait until January strategically before bringing someone in.
Aurelien Tchouameni was signed this summer to be Casemiro’s long-term replacement and will likely begin his gargantuan mission as early as Saturday.
With Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in the running, manager Carlo Ancelotti has no shortage of options for the upcoming season.
All eyes will now be on the newly signed Frenchman to see if he can live up to the astronomical expectations. Needless to say, the Brazilian’s departure could be a blessing in disguise for Los Blancos.
The Santiago Bernabeu renovation began in 2019 and was expected to be ready by this year. However, a combination of the pandemic and war delayed the process.
The new stadium will be ready in time for the 2023-24 season. While there will be no actual increase in capacity from the existing 81,044, the renovation will ensure better spacing and access to the existing seating.
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.