Real Madrid defender Nacho says that he is ready to step up to the first team for Saturday’s clash against Celta Vigo.
The Spanish giants have lost a number of players due to injuries picked up over the international break, including Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao and Alvaro Arbeloa.
Coach Jose Mourinho has few options available to him when his team host the Os Celestes this weekend and he may be forced to turn to 22-year-old Nacho.
The Castilla player is officially part of the first team this season, however, he is still yet to play in this year’s La Liga. Nevertheless, with first-team choices unavailable, the self-assured starlet believes this is his chance to prove himself.
“I am training during the whole year with the first team, the coach knows me and I am working hard so when I get the chance to prove myself, I will. I have spent much time with the first team and I have the right motivation,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.
Normally a central defender, the right-footed Nacho has no qualms about playing at left-back, the position where he actually made his debut for Real during Mourinho’s first season at the club.
“I play in the centre, but I have also played many times at full-back. I have no problems playing wherever the coach wants me to. I am right-handed, however, I can still play on the left,” he concluded.
Nacho’s one and only appearance for the first team this season was in the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy against Columbia’s Millonarios, which the Spaniards convincingly won 8-0.