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Report – Reason behind Real Madrid captain’s Saudi Arabia move being held up

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Following the retirement of Toni Kroos, it appears to be only a matter of time before Real Madrid lose yet another club legend in the form of Nacho Fernandez.

The veteran defender, currently on international duty with Spain, is poised to make the move to Saudi Arabia, just a few weeks after leading Real Madrid to the club’s 15th UEFA Champions League title.

Nacho awaiting an offer from Al-Ittihad

A recent report from MARCA has offered a crucial update on the future of Nacho, giving an explanation as to why the move is taking so long.

It appears Nacho is still awaiting the Saudi Arabian government to finalise its budget for its clubs – a process that may be completed by the end of the week or the one after that.

Nacho is still waiting for an offer from Al Ittihad (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

Although Al Ittihad have finalised the details of their offer to Nacho, the club cannot officially make a move until the Saudi government closes its budget.

Al Ittihad pick Inigo Martinez as alternative

While the report does not mention any possibilities of the move falling through, it does claim that Nacho is not the only defender on Al Ittihad’s radar.

The Saudi Arabian giants have identified Inigo Martinez as a potential alternative. But for now, Nacho remains the absolute priority.

Meanwhile, Al Ittihad had asked Karim Benzema about his former teammates Nacho and Lucas Vazquez. While the former may soon make the move to the Middle East, Vazquez is likely to extend his contract at Real Madrid.

Speaking of Los Blancos, the club are closely monitoring this evolving situation. In the background, they have already started looking for defensive reinforcements, with Leny Yoro, in particular, emerging as a priority.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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