Real Madrid, Nacho reach four-year extension

Real Madrid's Jose Ignacio Fernandez Iglesias 'Nacho' heads the ball adobe Valencia's Nellson Valdez from Paraguay during their a Copa del Rey soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

MADRID, Spain — Real Madrid has extended defender Nacho Fernandez’s contract for four more years.

The 23-year-old Nacho joined Madrid’s training academy in 2001 and debuted for its first team in April 2011.

He played nine Spanish league games for Madrid last season and made his first appearance in the Champions League in a 4-0 win over Dutch club Ajax.