Journalist Sergio Santos has reported that star striker Karim Benzema has a special clause in his contract that would extend his current Real Madrid contract by another year if he ends up winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or this year.
Benzema, 34, sees his current Madrid contract running until June 2023 and it has been established that those involved are not really worried about the situation.
All that because first, his relationship with the Madrid management is unbreakable and second, he is highly tipped to win arguably the most reputed individual award in football on October 17.
For now, everyone, including the player, expects his continuity and those involved are of the idea that a manual negotiation would not be necessary in the first place as once he is adjudged with the honour, he will remain a Madridista until 2024 automatically.
There is a discussion among the Madrid management that his renewal must be done in one way or the other. That is because he is the undisputed first-choice striker at the club and has taken over as the captain of the team following Marcelo’s exit.
It must be remembered that Benzema arrived in Madrid as a 21-year-old and his stature has only grown ever since. While his debut season was rather difficult – nine goals in 33 appearances – he has gone on to score 327 times in 612 appearances over the years.
His return puts him second on the list of Real Madrid’s all-time top scorers, a place above club legend Raul (323) and a rung below Cristiano Ronaldo (450).
Last season, the veteran forward scored 44 goals across all competitions and finished as the top scorer in both La Liga (27 goals) and the UEFA Champions League (15 goals).
This season, however, his performances have diminished mostly because of the recent injury issue, which kept him out against Mallorca, RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid. In any way, his return of four goals and one assist in eight outings is still remarkable.
And while discussions over his renewal had been ongoing, it seems like that they might not be necessary as he would be automatically renewed once he wins his first ever Ballon d’Or.
Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager
The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.
It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.
Turkey manager speaks out
Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.
As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.
“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.
Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.
“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”
Exit on the cards?
Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.
The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.
But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.
Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.