Real Madrid have officially confirmed that key midfielder Federico Valverde has signed a new contract with the club until the summer of 2029.
“Real Madrid C. F. and Fede Valverde have agreed a contract extension for the player, who remains tied to the club until 30 June 2029,” the statement from the club read.
Valverde joined Real Madrid in July 2016, aged just 18, and has grown into one of the best midfielders in La Liga and Europe.
The Uruguayan international has particularly excelled in the last couple of seasons or so, thriving in multiple roles under the tutelage of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Valverde had signed a long-term contract with Real Madrid until 2027 back in August 2021.
But with growing interest in him from Premier League clubs, Los Merengues have acted to tie him down to a longer contract until the summer of 2029.
The 25-year-old’s contract extension comes days after Real Madrid announced new deals for Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, and Eduardo Camavinga.
Eder Militao is also expected to pen a new contract to round off the series of renewals at the Spanish capital club.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.