Nacho Fernandez’s Real Madrid’s Exit Was Aided By Carlo Ancelotti’s Brutal Decision

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Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Real Madrid captain Nacho Fernandez who was handed the armband for a season and a club legend after 24 years, said goodbye this week. He opted for a new challenge in Saudi Arabia instead of a one-year extension offered by Los Blancos. Last summer, similar whispers of a departure surfaced, but Carlo Ancelotti convinced him to stay.

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However, rumors of Nacho’s strained trust with Ancelotti persisted. While he ultimately featured in the Champions League knockout stages, a period with Eder Militao and David Alaba injured saw him surprisingly benched in favor of Aurelien Tchouameni.

According to Cadena SER, a turning point came in March during a crucial La Liga match against Valencia. Ancelotti’s decision to start Tchouameni reportedly convinced Nacho he wasn’t even Ancelotti’s fourth central defensive option. He subsequently informed President Florentino Perez of his decision to leave in late March.

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Nacho’s decision to leave is understandable. Ancelotti’s preference for playing a midfielder in central defense over him clearly signaled a lack of trust. This doesn’t diminish his remarkable career at Real Madrid, where he leaves a legacy as a beloved club icon.


Despite previous rumors of his departure, Barcelona have reversed course and will keep Iñigo Martinez for the final year of his contract, according to reports from Catalonia. The Basque defender signed a free transfer from Athletic Club last summer on a two-year deal.

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However, questions arose in February when he wasn’t registered for the second year, suggesting he wasn’t a priority. But recent discussions between manager Hansi Flick and sporting director Deco have resulted in Martinez’s registration and continued presence at the club.

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