Real Madrid were on the receiving end of a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City on Wednesday night in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final.
It was a poor display from Carlo Ancelotti’s men at the Etihad Stadium, with Pep Guardiola’s side completely outclassing the Merengues on their way to the finals of the Champions League.
Speaking after the game, Ancelotti acknowledged that the opponents were much superior to Real Madrid on the night.
Some of the players who interacted with the media after the game also admitted that Manchester City were on a different level at the Etihad.
While it is true that the Cityzens were playing at a great level, Real Madrid did not really put up much of a fight and often looked bereft of ideas on the pitch.
Now, according to El Chiringuito’s Josep Pedrerol (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was very angry with the way his players performed on the night at the Etihad Stadium.
It is claimed that the club supremo was so angry that he did not even speak to the players after the game was over. And it could point towards an intense summer at the Santiago Bernabeu.
There could be changes made with respect to the squad, but as things stand, it is believed that Ancelotti’s job is not under any immediate threat.
Veteran stars like Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos are all likely to continue as well, but there could be some fresh blood introduced into the roster, starting with the signing of Jude Bellingham.
Given the lack of fight and intensity shown at times on Wednesday, Perez’s anger is justified. Whether that results in any major repercussions for the manager or some of the players remains to be seen.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.