Karim Benzema was the shining light for Real Madrid last night as he secured the Ballon d’Or title – becoming only the second player, after Luka Modric, to achieve the feat, other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since 2007.
However, despite Benzema’s recent triumph, Real Madrid have already set their sights on the future and are scouring the market for players that can potentially replace the ageing Frenchman in the years to come.
According to a report from Diario AS, Real Madrid are thinking about Benzema in the short term and are even poised to extend the contract that expires at the end of the season.
However, for the long term, the Whites are determined to sign someone like Erling Haaland. The Norwegian international has become the darling of the Premier League this season following an extraordinary start to his career at Manchester City.
He has scored 15 goals in just ten league matches and along with Kylian Mbappe, is regarded as two of the next big superstars in the world of football.
Haaland’s representatives notably wanted a move to Real Madrid in the summer. But the Spanish giants were willing to bet on Benzema for one more season, compelling the striker to opt for Manchester City.
However, despite his move to Etihad, Haaland reportedly has a ̉€200 million release clause that can be activated in the summer of 2024. Real Madrid remain in contention to activate the clause and sign one of the most exciting young players in world football.
As for Mbappe, Real Madrid appear to have closed the chapter on the Frenchman despite recent speculation linking the attacker to a move away from Paris Saint-Germain in the upcoming January transfer window.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.