Alejandro “Álex” Fernández Iglesias (born 15 October 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Cádiz CF.
Born in Madrid, Fernández joined Real Madrid’s youth system from neighbouring RSD Alcalá, aged 12. In 2010, he started appearing with Real Madrid Castilla in Segunda División B and, in July of that year, he was called by first-team coach José Mourinho to a preseason tour in the United States. He made his unofficial debut on 5 August in a friendly match against Club América (3–2 win), with his brother Nacho also making his first appearance that day.
Fernández made his league debut with the B side on 29 August 2010, playing 87 minutes in a 3–2 home win against Coruxo FC. On 3 October he scored his first goal, contributing to a 3–0 home victory over AD Cerro de Reyes. He finished his first season with 32 games and two goals, as the team fell short in the promotion playoffs.
On 6 March 2011, Fernández made his La Liga debut, playing the last minute of the 3–1 defeat of Racing de Santander. He contributed 35 appearances in the 2011–12 campaign – playoffs included – with Castilla returning to the second tier after five years.
Fernández left Real Madrid in August 2013, by mutual consent. He signed shortly after with RCD Espanyol in the top level,appearing in 30 competitive matches in his first year but starting in only five.
On 28 January 2015, Espanyol loaned Fernández to HNK Rijeka until the end of the season. On 18 August, he joined Championship club Reading on loan, with a view to a permanent move at the end of the campaign. He scored his first goal for them on 19 January 2016, in a 5–2 home win against Huddersfield Town in the third round in the FA Cup.
Elche and Cádiz
On 31 August 2016, shortly after terminating his contract with the Pericos, due to expire the following year, Fernández signed for Elche CF. The following 7 August, after suffering relegation, he agreed to a two-year deal with fellow Segunda División team Cádiz CF.
With a total of 11 goals, Fernández was his team’s top scorer in 2019. He scored 13 during the season from 41 appearances, in a return to the top flight as runners-up.