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Sergio Ramos ruled out for iconic Champions League clash vs Real Madrid
Two years ago, the institution of Real Madrid was best represented by a certain Spanish World Cup winner named Sergio Ramos. His loyalty towards his club could never be questioned, for he had always given his sweat and blood to the Galacticos.
After 16 long and successful years as the Santiago Bernabeu, Ramos bid farewell to his home in the summer after he failed to reach an agreement with the club over an extension. While Ramos wanted a two-year extension, Los Blancos were only willing to commit to one.
Ultimately, the legendary centre-back found his way to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest stories of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw was that Ramos would return to the Bernabeu, albeit in different colours.
Sadly, according to reports from RMC Sport, the World Cup winner is ruled out of the Champions League clash between PSG and Real Madrid later this week.
The 35-year-old is said to be suffering from a minor calf injury that he suffered late last month. His spell in France so far has been injury-riddled, with him only making four Ligue 1 appearances so far.
In his last game for the French side, Ramos put up a defensive masterclass. He made four clearances, three tackles, an interception, and won nine duels in a game to remember. Moreover, he also got on the scoresheet on the night.
The world awaits to see Ramos take on Real Madrid this season. However, it seems like one would have to wait for the return leg to witness the sight.
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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.