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Benzema renews his Real Madrid contract, has asked club to strengthen attack

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Real Madrid have triggered the automatic renewal in Karim Benzema’s contract, which will see him stay at the Santiago Bernabeu at least until June 2024, reports AS. The striker is aware that the next season will be his last at Madrid.

The end of his extended contract coincides with Endrick’s date of arrival, and while the Brazilian is expected to play an important role in the team from the get-go, Benzema has asked Madrid to reinforce their attack before that.

The former France international will remain linked to the club after his departure and potential retirement and has already started to play an influential role for Los Blancos off the pitch.

Benzema has been integral for Madrid for well over a decade at this point, scoring 90 Champions League goals in his career.

While he spent a large part of his career under the shadows of Cristiano Ronaldo, the 35-year-old has come to the fore as a superstar in his own right and a leader of the team over the past half a decade.

Benzema even won the Ballon d’Or last year after guiding Real Madrid to the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy, scoring more than 40 goals across competitions in the process.

Benzema’s current contract with the Merengues was set to expire this summer. However, there were any doubts about his continuity due to the existence of the ‘Ballon d’Or clause’ in his deal which will automatically trigger a one-year extension.

And Benzema and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have reached an agreement to activate that clause and prolong his stay at the Bernabeu for another year.

A legendary figure at the club, Benzema will be turning 36 years old later this year. And, even though Real Madrid will have Endrick at their disposal in 2024, it would be in their best interests to sign another accomplished striker to take over from the Frenchman.

The name of Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland has been doing the rounds, although the Cityzens are now working to extend his contract to stave off interest from the Merengues.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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