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20-year-old Real Madrid defender faces an uncertain future at club

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The recent El Clasico revealed a lot of shortcomings in Carlo Ancelotti’s side. One amongst them was the fragility at left-back.

In the absence of Ferland Mendy, the manager had no solid backup on the night. While Marcelo is indeed an option on other days, his future at Madrid beyond this season is uncertain, especially due to his age.

Florentino Perez knows that left-back is a position in severe need for reinforcements. Two options are on the horizon: Fran Garcia, who has had an impressive season at Rayo Vallecano, or Real Madrid Castilla star Miguel Gutierrez.

According to reports from Diario AS, Real Madrid are yet to make a final decision between the two for next season. The management are open to negotiating a transfer for the latter to see how he evolves.

At the moment, Miguel has a contract until 2024 with a €40 million release clause. However, the player and his entourage prefer the player’s continuity in Madrid.

The 20-year-old is known to be a fearless attacker in the final third while being reasonably solid in defence. He has scored two goals and provided eight assists this season including one with the first team at Benito Villamarin. Statistically, he spends as much time in the opposition half as he does on his own.

While promoting Miguel is certainly a promising option, Ancelotti has not been the biggest advocate of trusting academy players. Similar to how Achraf Hakimi was loaned and eventually sold by Los Blancos, Miguel too could be shown the exit door for economic reasons.

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Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent

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If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.

Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.

However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.

As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.

Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.

So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.

Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.

With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.

Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.

Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.

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