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Real Madrid believe veteran star could play two more years at the ‘highest level’



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The recent transfer history between Real Madrid and forwards has not been pleasant. Mariano Diaz, Eden Hazard, and Luka Jovic are just a few of the many forwards Los Blancos fruitlessly splashed the cash on in recent seasons.

Last season, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr single-handedly carried the Spanish side’s forward line. With the former being at the ripe age of 34, it was thought the club would look for a replacement.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid believe that Benzema has at least two more years left at the top level and hence feel that signing an upcoming striker at this juncture would be pointless.

The club do not want to sign a striker ‘for the sake of it’. The focus, at the moment, is on the departure of Borja Mayoral and Mariano and even both exits will not guarantee a forward signing.

Carlo Ancelotti is looking to avoid the situations he faced with Jovic and Mariano, and a signing in the winter window is more likely than one in the current window. The manager was initially interested in the profiles of Gabriel Jesus and Juanmi Latasa but did not build on his curiosity.

In 2011, Los Blancos faced a similar crisis in the central striker department. Florentino Perez then implemented a masterstroke by signing Emmanuel Adebayor on loan as a short-term fix. There are rumours of such an operation once again this summer, but with no concrete evidence.

Other solutions include playing the likes of Rodrygo, Eden Hazard, and even Marco Asensio as false 9s. All three have, in the past, for varying amounts of time, played in that role, and could make for decent deputies.

Real Madrid could head into the new season with no new acquisitions in the final third. It is quite clear from the club’s transfer activity this window that the forward line is seen as the last priority.

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Real Madrid have not ‘given up’ on Karim Benzema’s renewal yet – report



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The cloud of uncertainty over Karim Benzema’s future has served as a major headache for the Real Madrid board, as they kickstart their team planning ahead of the new season.

Recent reports claim the Frenchman is strongly considering a move to Saudi Arabia, after receiving a lucrative €150 million offer from Al Ittihad. He was close to renewing his contract at Santiago Bernabeu not too long ago, but it appears the tables have turned lately.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid are yet to give up on Benzema and still harbour hopes of renewing his contract in the coming weeks, reports Alfredo Matilla.

The Spanish journalist suggests Real Madrid have not closed the file on Benzema. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has recently met the forward to clarify his future and it appears the club are set to do everything they can to keep hold of the player.

Benzema’s departure, after all, could put the club in a major dilemma, where they must either sign a top-class striker or settle for a low-cost alternative for the entirety of next season.

Harry Kane has been earmarked as the ideal replacement for Benzema. But his acquisition could potentially jeopardise Real Madrid’s bid to sign either Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe in 2024. The club have also faced difficulties negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman.

As far as the low-cost options are concerned, Real Madrid are interested in Roberto Firmino, who will become a free agent in the summer.

However, the Brazilian international is not the most productive striker around and his struggles in front of goal could put more pressure on players like Vinicius Junior next season.

Real Madrid, therefore, will hope to keep hold of Benzema’s services for another year. Unfortunately, though, the player has given a cold response so far and left training early, without speaking too much.

So it will be interesting to see whether or not the veteran striker opts to remain at Bernabeu for another year.

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