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Report: When and why Nacho decided to leave Real Madrid



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Earlier this week, Real Madrid confirmed the departure of veteran defender Nacho Fernandez. The centre-back is set to join Saudi Arabian outfit Al Qadsiah on a free transfer this summer.

Real Madrid had been anticipating Nacho’s exit for quite some time now, as the player was in close contact with Saudi Arabian clubs throughout the last few weeks.

This suggests that Nacho had made the decision to leave Real Madrid quite some time back. Now, a report has revealed when and why the defender decided to put an end to his 23-year-long association with Los Blancos.

Nacho decided to quit after Valencia game

According to Cadena SER (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Nacho Fernandez decided to quit Real Madrid after the game against Valencia at Mestalla, which was played in March.

Nacho will move to Saudi Arabia after the end of Euros. (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

Nacho realised there were only a few weeks remaining before Real Madrid’s tie against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.

He observed that Carlo Ancelotti was favouring Aurelien Tchouameni ahead of him in the central defensive area, even with David Alaba and Eder Militao being out injured.

This compelled Nacho to re-consider his status at Real Madrid, with the veteran eventually deciding to leave the club at the end of the season.

Of course, fortunes did favour Nacho during the end of the campaign as Tchouameni got injured and the veteran was given the responsibility of leading the Real Madrid backline.

Nevertheless, the report adds that Nacho had contacted Florentino Perez and informed him about his desire to quit Real Madrid on the day of Easter.

Nacho did later have an option to renew his contract at Santiago Bernabeu, but his heart was set on a move away from the club.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury



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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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