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Just in: Real Madrid reach verbal agreement with superstar over new contract until 2024



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According to L’Equipe, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Karim Benzema over a contract renewal that will ensure his stay at Santiago Bernabeu till 2024.

The forward’s current deal expires at the end of the season and even after winning the Ballon d’Or, there were initially some doubts over the continuity of Benzema at Real Madrid due to his constant injury problems throughout the course of the season.

Benzema, 35, has indeed had a difficult time at the Bernabeu this season. He has struggled to keep up with his numbers from last season while injuries have seen him miss a number of matches. There are also reports of Carlo Ancelotti noticing a drop in his training level.

But that has not deterred Real Madrid from renewing the contract of the Frenchman, who remains an integral figure in the club’s attacking unit.

The report from L’Equipe suggests Benzema had met Florentino Perez a few days ago. They reached an agreement over a renewal until 2024. Although the contract has not been made official yet, it will be finalised in the coming weeks.

Benzema’s renewal could be a major milestone for Real Madrid, as they brace themselves for a tricky phase of the campaign.

After the contract is finalised, one would expect Los Blancos to focus on the renewal of other stars such as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. The former feels he is ready to continue for yet another season. The club also have their task cut out when it comes to the contract extension of Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos.

Asensio, for one, has been linked with a move to arch-rivals Barcelona, whereas there has been no advancement in the club’s bid to renew Ceballos. A lot will be unveiled in the coming weeks, as Real Madrid look to sort out the contractual situations of their star players one at a time.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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