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Official: Real Madrid hit double jackpot at the UEFA Awards



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The UEFA ceremony recently came to a conclusion, and needless to say, it was dominated by last season’s champions Real Madrid.

Karim Benzema, in particular, was voted UEFA Player of the Year after a stellar campaign that saw him score 15 goals in the Champions League last season.

The Frenchman had indeed played a crucial role in Real Madrid’s successful 2022/23 campaign, notably starring in comeback wins against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

While Benzema bagged the POTY, Carlo Ancelotti was handed the Coach of the Year title for helping Real Madrid restore their lost glory by winning the Champions League and La Liga titles.

The Italian’s masterful man-management coupled with his experience in handling pressure cooker situations were vital in giving Los Blancos the edge in all the tough knockout matches in the Champions League last season.

Ancelotti, who has now bagged four Champions League titles during his coaching career, will be hoping to maintain his success in the 2022/23 season.

Real Madrid have been drawn against RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic in the Champions League draw, with the European champions set to kickstart their continental campaign in the first week of September.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report




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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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