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Serie A heavyweights plot summer move for exit-bound Real Madrid veteran

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As Real Madrid fans still revel in the joy of securing a berth in the Champions League semifinal, a rather disappointing update has come forth regarding one of the club’s prized assets.

A recent report claims Nacho Fernandez has informed Real Madrid he will be leaving the club at the end of the season – putting his 23-year spell at the Bernabeu to an end.

This will come as a shock to many Real Madrid faithful, who have witnessed Nacho guarding the defence for more than a decade.

Inter Milan eye move for Nacho

Within hours of the report coming to light, European clubs have started lining up to secure the services of Nacho in the coming summer.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Inter Milan are among the clubs keen on snapping up the Real Madrid veteran on a free transfer.

Ready for a new challenge elsewhere? (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

It must be noted that Inter tried to sign Nacho a year ago when the defender was facing an uncertain future at the Bernabeu. But the player ultimately decided to stay at the club.

This time around, Nacho has opted to move on even though he hasn’t had any issues in regards to game-time and is even serving as the club captain.

Real Madrid, for their part, were willing to offer him a new deal and had given him full control over his future. But it seems Nacho has decided to move on for good.

What’s next for Nacho?

Inter Milan are likely to be one of many clubs flocking in for Nacho Fernandez as we approach the summer transfer window.

The report suggests Nacho wants to keep all his options open, including opportunities outside of Europe. That means the veteran is open to playing in the MLS or the star-studded Saudi Arabian league.

Nacho, though, is unlikely to be the only Real Madrid veteran leaving the Bernabeu this summer, with even Luka Modric facing an uncertain future at the club. This summer could prove to be a summer of heartbreaks for the Real Madrid faithful.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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