Real Madrid captain on his way to Saudi Arabia

Despite reports in Spain that Nacho Fernández had an agreement with Karim Benzema's team, his destination will actually be the newly promoted Al Qadisiyah.

Real Madrid captain on his way to Saudi Arabia
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Reported days ago as an imminent reinforcement for Al Ittihad, the club of his former teammate Karim Benzema in Saudi Arabia, the future of Nacho Fernández, Real Madrid's captain, will actually be with Al Qadisiyah, a newly promoted team to the country's first division.

Despite reports in Spain that the 34-year-old Spanish defender had agreed to a two-year contract with Al Ittihad, Marca reported this Saturday that he will sign a contract of the same duration with Al Qadisiyah, where he will be coached by Míchel, a former player and coach of Real Madrid's B team.

Nacho, who won his sixth Champions League and his fifth LaLiga title this season, was at the end of his contract with Real Madrid. He is expected to receive an annual salary of around ten million euros - tax-free - in the Middle East.

The Spanish international has already undergone medical examinations, and the deal is considered closed. This development has prompted Real Madrid to reportedly intensify negotiations with Lille in recent hours for the young French defender Leny Yoro, 18, who has been touted for months as a potential successor to Nacho in the team.

Nacho Fernández, who spent his entire career at Real Madrid, is preparing to bid farewell to a club where he won a total of 27 titles. His departure marks the end of an era, as Nacho has been a consistent and reliable presence in the Real Madrid defense. Over the years, he has been celebrated for his versatility, leadership, and dedication to the club.

This past season, Nacho recorded one assist in 45 matches, contributing significantly to Real Madrid's defensive stability and their successful campaigns in both domestic and international competitions. His experience and leadership will be a valuable asset to Al Qadisiyah as they aim to establish themselves in the top tier of Saudi Arabian football.

Nacho's move to Al Qadisiyah reflects the growing trend of high-profile players joining clubs in the Middle East, attracted by the lucrative contracts and the opportunity to play in a rapidly developing football landscape. His decision to join Al Qadisiyah, a team with ambitions of making a mark in the Saudi Pro League, underscores the club's commitment to building a competitive squad capable of challenging the established teams.

As Nacho embarks on this new chapter in his career, Real Madrid will look to fill the void left by their departing captain. The potential acquisition of Leny Yoro signifies the club's focus on nurturing young talent and ensuring a seamless transition in their defensive lineup.

Nacho Fernández's legacy at Real Madrid will be remembered fondly by fans and teammates alike. His contributions to the club's numerous successes have cemented his status as a beloved figure in Madrid, and his move to Saudi Arabia will be watched with great interest as he brings his wealth of experience to a new challenge.