Nacho has been one of the best news this season with Real Madrid. The white center-back who a priori started as a replacement player to give air to the starters, had to assume the role of starter and leader of the defense on many occasions due to the numerous casualties that have hit Madrid this season.
Nacho has played in both full-backs and as a center-back practically throughout 2021, and at an excellent level, when it seemed that he had lost importance in the squad in recent years. In fact there had been some transfer windows in which his departure had sounded to another team where he could feel more important. But luckily for Madrid, Nacho has chosen to play for the white club, whatever his role, and has renewed until 2023
The renewal of Nacho becomes more necessary after the departure of Sergio Ramos and the possible departure of Varane. The arrival of Alaba and the emergence of Militao allows Madrid to be optimistic with the spare parts for the mythical pair of white centrals, but without a doubt Nacho had to be kept at all costs.
Nacho knows the house and is a Madridista, and this in a team is necessary. In the long seasons of La Liga and with so much load of matches, having substitutes like Fuenlabrada’s is a luxury. Nacho knows that he has a place in the team and assumes his role, to give everything when he has the opportunity. These types of players must remain on the squad forever, as they provide camaraderie, bench depth and sacrifice. We will see what finally happens and if there is any more arrival for the defensive plot, but what we can be sure of is that with Nacho, Real Madrid has comprehensive insurance.