Will he stay, or will he go?
One thing is for certain, having a player like Nacho Fernandez in the squad is a blessing for any coach. The Spaniard has been incredible since the turn of the year, covering for both Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal during their respective injuries. His versatility, attitude and professionalism are something that Zinedine Zidane holds in high regard, and the defender is always ready to perform.
Now aged 31, Nacho was very close to moving from his boyhood club in the summer and in the winter. And in an interview with Onda Cero, he discussed his current season at Madrid: “When I was very young, I was always hoping to one day play for Real Madrid and now I’ve played more than 200 games for the club and I’m very happy defending its jersey. I hope I can do it for many more years.”
Nacho’s current deal however expires in June 2022, and this summer would mean there’s only one year left on that contract: “An extension? When the summer comes I will sit down and talk with the coach and the club and we will make the best decision together. It would be a dream to end my career as a Madrid player. Last year, I was on the outside looking in, but football changes a lot,” he added.
Keen observers will note this is a period in which Nacho has shown that he’s evidently getting better with age, and the academy graduate says he’s pleased with how he has performed so far this campaign: “I find myself playing with a lot of confidence, settled in. So far, it’s been a very good year for me. I feel myself playing with more confidence than in previous years, I’m very happy.”