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Veteran midfielder only Real Madrid player to pick up injury during break
So far this season, Real Madrid have had a long list of reasons to smile about.
For starters, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are the only team in Europe to have won every game up until this point of the campaign.
Furthermore, the marquee addition of Aurelien Tchouameni has surpassed expectations, with there being a strong argument to suggest that there is not a more in-form defensive midfielder in the world currently.
In addition, Los Blancos adapted in an ideal fashion in the absence of the injured Karim Benzema, winning all three games with their talismanic striker sidelined.
It seems as if the European champions now have another reason to be chuffed about after the return of club football this weekend.
As per a report by AS, all the 15 Real Madrid players that were called up by their national teams during the international break have returned to the club in good shape.
The only doubt remains Luka Modric, who suffered a minor injury and could be rested in Los Merengues’ upcoming fixture against CA Osasuna.
However, the Croatian captain could be in line to participate in his side’s Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, before being fully fit to face Getafe and then, Barcelona.
It was also recently revealed that Karim Benzema is set to make the matchday squad to face Osasuna on Sunday, after returning from the knee injury he sustained against Celtic in the Champions League.
With Xavi’s side hot on Real Madrid’s heels in the ongoing campaign after a summer of enviable business, the race for the biggest honours is likely to go down to the wire between the eternal rivals.
As a result, it is key for the side’s players not to pick up major injuries in the club’s bid to maintain their success.
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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.