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In less than a week the new Real Madrid of Zidane will roll around the world. The whites will start pre-season training on July 8 and then prepare to start the great adventure of the summer: grease the machinery of the team that will see in the season 2019/2020.
The stages of Canada, first, and the United States, later, will act as luxury spectators for Zidane and his people. Montreal and the International Champions Cup will see the birth of the new megaproject of Florentino Pérez in front of Real Madrid. A team that Zidane must configure with the cash that counts.
In this line, the 'exit operation' becomes fundamental for the club and for Zidane. Both parties need to reduce the number of cash to make cash and deal with new signings, but also to start working on the grass in the new template.
There are players who are still in doubt. The pre-season in America will serve, among other things, to define the uncertain future of some players. And although Zidane is clear about his position with players like James, Ceballos, Bale or those already sold Llorente Y Kovacic, among others, in other cases there is a sea of doubts in between.
Nacho-Vallejo, the struggle for a position
It is the case of Nacho Fernández Y Jesús Vallejo. Both players are to Zidane's taste, but the Real Madrid squad has a limit. With Ramos Y Varane as untouchable, and Militao as a new defensive reinforcement, the looks to release a position fall on the canterano and man.
The North American tour will allow both players to challenge each other to convince Zidane. The whites will travel to the United States with four centers in the absence of Militao, as the center is concentrated with Brazil disputing the Copa America and has permission to join later in the preseason. Something that hints Nacho and Vallejo free during this month.
Zidane will have it very difficult, since both players are deeply to their liking and have similar conditions. The role to play would be the same: exercise as a third or fourth central, in silence, with versatility and a lot of sacrifice. A condition that already earned Fernandez to settle in the first team without making media noise, simply regulating a remarkable performance in the white back.
Nacho, a fixed in the template
In fact, Nacho has been one of Zidane's trusted men at Real Madrid. Since the French coach reached the merengue bench in 2016, beginning his first stage, the youth squad became fundamental for him. The defender was the perfect wild card for any coach in the defensive zone. Fernandez at times both left-handed or right-handed, as central supplying Varane and Ramos.
The most striking thing about Nacho is that he always played on the pitch. The canterano signed correct matches, at least, when he wrapped the elastic Real Madrid. Something that made him one of Zidane's heavyweights in the locker room.
This performance offered by the central Madrid has made during these years has accumulated many suitors in Europe. Teams that would offer him a position as the undisputed holder. In fact, there are several reports that have linked the future of Nacho with the Inter of Antonio Conte. In addition, the canterano has not left in his entire career of the white club and that can also be an incentive for him. Something that keeps Madrid in suspense about their future and that is in their hands and Zidane's. Both must make a decision, since the future of Vallejo is directly affected by this dilemma.
Vallejo dazzled Zidane
Real Madrid is clear that if Nacho leaves, the alternative would be Vallejo. The ex of Zaragoza landed at the white club in 2015 for 5 million euros. His signing was framed, along with that of Asensio (3.5 million) within the policy of incorporations of young talents that the white club was developing in recent years. A situation that stands as a bet for the future of the club for years to come.
Although during the last season, with Solari Y Lopetegui on the bench, enjoyed little prominence, in the final stretch of the season dazzled the Bernabéu with their performances. The man knew how to take advantage of the opportunities of Zidane and left very good feelings in the coaching staff of the French coach. Something that placed him as one of the main candidates to continue in Concha Espina next season.
Vallejo has the optimal conditions to replace Nacho's absence, should this occur. In any case Real Madrid would give exit through a sale, if not that the most extreme would be to opt for a transfer. He is also a Spanish player, with a future and who has already demonstrated Saragossa Y Eintracht (ceded) which is a central guarantee with continuity behind him.
Only a few days are left for both players to present their credentials plan to Zidane in Canada. Strategic weeks in which both must work to get to win the absolute approval of the French coach for next season.
(More information: Vallejo asks for a place in Zidane's Real Madrid)