Javier Guillén



Out of contract this summer, the  Real stalwart has offers on the table

A Real Madrid first-team player  since 2012, Nacho Fernández has  spent his entire career at the club.  He's currently in a rich vein of form.

Injuries to team-mates have given  him opportunities: the Madrid  youth product has now started nine  out of Los Blancos' last 10 games.

Nacho’s contract expires in June, and his future is yet to be decided. He says he’s happy at the Bernabéu and will talk to the club at the end of season.

While Madrid only give 12-month contracts to over-30s, AS understands that Nacho, 33, has been offered two or three-year deals by other clubs.

However, Nacho’s chief concern is game time. “It’s not about how many years I’m given," he says. "It’s about being an important part of the team.”

If Nacho leaves, he’ll go abroad - he doesn’t want to play against Madrid. According to TV show El Chiringuito, he has an offer from Bayern Munich.

The Madrid vice-captain is a highly versatile player. He can operate anywhere in the backline, although he’s most at home as a central defender.

He’s a clean player. This season, he has picked up seven yellow cards in 31 appearances for Madrid - an average of a booking every four games.

Nacho’s club displays have earned  him a Spain recall. He hadn’t played for La Roja since a Nations League defeat to England in October 2018.

He played the full 90 minutes in the weekend win over Norway in Euro 2024 qualifying. He looks to be in new Spain boss Luis de la Fuente’s plans.

Madrid’s fans don’t want him to leave. In the recent win over Espanyol, the Bernabéu chanted, “Nacho, stay!” It remains to be seen whether he will.