Nacho Fernandez relishing Cristiano Ronaldo battle


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Spain defender Nacho Fernandez believes he is good enough to start and take on Real Madrid team-mate when his side face Portugal at the World Cup this summer.

The two European rivals have been drawn together in Group B and both are fancied to compete for the trophy.

Spain are the shorter price of the two at 7.00, while Portugal are available at 26.00 to lift the trophy.

They have also been drawn against Morocco and Iran but they will play each other in their first game of the tournament.

Nacho started Saturday’s friendly against Tunisia on the bench but he is hoping to get the nod as he tries to take on his friend and team-mate Ronaldo.

“I hope that I have the chance to play against Cristiano Ronaldo, we must be focused on cancelling him out,” Nacho told Marca.

“The coach knows that I’m qualified to start in this position, I’m prepared. Everyone knows that I feel more comfortable in the centre than at full-back, but I’ve played big matches there.”

Ronaldo’s future is still up in the air ahead of the World Cup in Russia and the 33-year-old hinted he may move on in the coming weeks.

He has just helped Madrid win their third Champions League title in a row but Nacho expects him to remain in the Spanish capital.

The defender added: “I expect to see him in the final, and at Real Madrid too. I’m calm, he has a contract with us. “I hope that he stays as part of our team.”

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