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AC Milan want to negotiate with Real Madrid for Spanish attacking midfielder
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that on-loan forward Brahim Diaz will return to Real Madrid at the end of the season and the Merengues are planning on handing him a new long-term contract.
Diaz, 23, is having a fantastic season with the Rossoneri, having registered six goals and three assists in 32 outings across all competitions. The young forward has formed a deadly association with Rafael Leao, as a result of which, Milan are not willing to part ways with the player.
From Real Madrid’s perspective, they want him back as they are more than convinced with his development and given that his current deal runs until 2025, they are ready to reward him with a long-term extension.
In Madrid, they are considering him as part of next season’s project, but Milan will do everything in their power to keep hold of the player.
“He will return from AC Milan. Real Madrid will offer him a new long-term contract. Conversations are going, but let’s see what the player decides. The decision also rests on Milan because they would love to negotiate with Madrid to keep the player,” said Romano in his Here We Go podcast.
It must be remembered that Diaz moved to Milan on loan in the summer of 2020 and spent a year at San Siro, before returning to the club again in 2021, on a two-year stint. In three seasons, the 23-year-old has made more than 100 appearances, scoring 17 goals.
Thanks to his rising stature, Milan are not willing to let go of him easily and given the competition Madrid have in attack, the youngster will surely consider the alternatives.
At Milan, he is living a sweet life. He is getting regular minutes, and is appreciated by the fans and his coach. In Madrid, however, he will have to start a new life altogether. So, it will be interesting to see what the former Manchester City ace decides.
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Real Madrid have not ‘given up’ on Karim Benzema’s renewal yet – report
The cloud of uncertainty over Karim Benzema’s future has served as a major headache for the Real Madrid board, as they kickstart their team planning ahead of the new season.
Recent reports claim the Frenchman is strongly considering a move to Saudi Arabia, after receiving a lucrative €150 million offer from Al Ittihad. He was close to renewing his contract at Santiago Bernabeu not too long ago, but it appears the tables have turned lately.
Nevertheless, Real Madrid are yet to give up on Benzema and still harbour hopes of renewing his contract in the coming weeks, reports Alfredo Matilla.
The Spanish journalist suggests Real Madrid have not closed the file on Benzema. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has recently met the forward to clarify his future and it appears the club are set to do everything they can to keep hold of the player.
Benzema’s departure, after all, could put the club in a major dilemma, where they must either sign a top-class striker or settle for a low-cost alternative for the entirety of next season.
Harry Kane has been earmarked as the ideal replacement for Benzema. But his acquisition could potentially jeopardise Real Madrid’s bid to sign either Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe in 2024. The club have also faced difficulties negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman.
As far as the low-cost options are concerned, Real Madrid are interested in Roberto Firmino, who will become a free agent in the summer.
However, the Brazilian international is not the most productive striker around and his struggles in front of goal could put more pressure on players like Vinicius Junior next season.
Real Madrid, therefore, will hope to keep hold of Benzema’s services for another year. Unfortunately, though, the player has given a cold response so far and left training early, without speaking too much.
So it will be interesting to see whether or not the veteran striker opts to remain at Bernabeu for another year.