Nacho is a very important player for Real Madrid. He is not in the usual starting 11, where Sergio Ramos and Varane are the pair of full backs in the important matches, but he is playing many games in the current season. With Zinedine Zidane, Nacho’s importance has increased considerably.
He has already played 18 games in this season with Los Blancos, while in the last entire season he played 27. It looks like that this year he will participate even more than the last one. We can say that his importance also has grown inside the dressing room.
He is 27 years old and this summer he received several offers especially from Italy, but finally he decided to stay because he was going to have a bigger role than the last seasons.
Nacho has a great versatility and he is showing it the current season. In the game against Málaga, he started playing in the right back and when Marcelo had to leave the pitch because of muscular problems, the Spaniard defender changed his position and finished playing in the left. The French manager has changed the formation several times this season and a clear example is the match against Sevilla of La Liga, where Los Blancos faced the Andalusian team with five defenders. Sergio Ramos, Varane and Nacho were the full backs and they played a really good match despite Real Madrid lost the game in the last minutes.
He is an example for all the players of the squad because of his behavior and professionalism. Pepe might leave the team at the end of the season and with Nacho in the squad he will became the third full back of the side (nowadays is the fourth).
This will be his fifth season in Real Madrid’s first team and he is growing as a player with the pass of the years. In this season he scored one of the best goals of all the year against Cultural Leonesa where he showed his quality when he is in the opponent box.