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Video: Federico Valverde scores a golazo for Real Madrid vs Mallorca



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Federico Valverde has stolen the spotlight this afternoon by scoring a stunning goal in the added time of the first half against RCD Mallorca.

The Real Madrid midfielder drifted past multiple defenders effortlessly, before unleashing a curving left-footed drive that completely bamboozled Predrag Rajkovic in goal.

Valverde’s goal helped Real Madrid cancel out Vedat Muriqi’s opener in the 35th minute as the two teams approach the half-time mark.

Los Blancos have their work cut out in the second half as they look to improve on their indifferent start to the proceedings. With 15 attempts on goal, there has been no shortage of effort from the home team, but they need that final end product in front of the goal.

Playing without their star man Karim Benzema, it will be interesting to see how the likes of Eden Hazard and Vinicius Junior plug the massive gap in the goalscoring department, as we look forward to the second half.

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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report



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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.

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