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Nacho makes way for Yoro at Real Madrid

Nacho is currently with the Spanish national team in Germany, preparing for their Euro 2024 opener against Croatia this Saturday at 18:00 CEST, unaware of a future that now seems definitively away from Real Madrid.

According to a report in ‘L’Equipe’ corroborated by ‘Marca’, Nacho will leave Real Madrid on July 1 after 23 years wearing the white shirt, the last 14 of them with the first team.

The club had offered him a one-year extension, on the recommendation of Carlo Ancelotti. And it seemed that the defender could continue, despite the offers he was receiving from the MLS and the Saudi Arabian League.

But Nacho has gone on international duty with the Spanish national team without responding to Real Madrid’s offer and everything suggests that he will accept the lucrative proposal that Al Ittihad have made to him in order to reunite him with his former teammate Karim Benzema.

The veteran centre-back from Alcalá de Henares will arrive at the Saudi club backed by the French international and the sporting director, Ramon Planes. The financial offer has been decisive in Nacho’s decision, as Al Ittihad will pay him €40 million for two seasons, almost four times more than he was earning annually at the Spanish club.

Nacho’s departure could accelerate the arrival of Leny Yoro, the big present and future bet that the Real Madrid sporting director is working on. The Spanish club seemed to have ruled out his arrival this summer due to the high demands of Lille, who have valued the player at €60 million.

Yoro is also on the agenda of Manchester United and PSG, and Lille would be more inclined to close the transfer with the Parisian club, who are offering €70 million, but the player wants no other destination than the Santiago Bernabéu and was willing to fulfil his last year of contract to land at the ‘White House’ on a free transfer.

Nacho’s departure changes things, as the squad would be a little short in the centre of defence, so Real Madrid are considering resuming negotiations with Lille for Yoro.

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