Dani Carvajal’s ongoing deal with Real Madrid ends in 2025 and if a report from MARCA is to be believed, the team from the Spanish capital would like to extend his stay if he continues with the same performance throughout the season.
At the moment, Real Madrid seem very calm about the right-back spot mostly because of Carvajal’s fantastic run of form.
Above all, they also have Lucas Vazquez covering the position in times of emergency and although the 32-year-old is a rather hit-and-miss in Carlo Ancelotti’s books, he does get the job done.
Beyond everything, there are players from the youth team that the senior team scouts are keeping a close eye on, including Jesus Fortea, David Jimenez, or Alex Jimenez, who is currently on loan to AC Milan.
What prompted Carvajal’s upturn?
It is to be noted that there was a point in the summer transfer window when Carvajal’s exit was contemplated by Real Madrid. As it turns out, however, the 31-year-old pulled his socks and went on to defy the odds.
For what it is worth, he was struggling with an injury to the extent that he could only play 37 games for the team across the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons combined.
The upturn in fortune, as explained by the right-back himself, happened when he consulted a nutritionist and it was from this point that his train got back on track.
“I asked for help from a nutritionist, a coach and I eliminated gluten from my diet completely. And from there everything has changed,” the full-back was quoted by MARCA.
As of today, the veteran full-back has played 14 games for Madrid, clocking an impressive 1,153 minutes while scoring two and assisting as many goals.
Furthermore, what is even more impressive is that he only has a solitary caution to his name across La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
The Real Madrid veteran has enjoyed a solid season so far and if the performances are consistent, the team would look to extend his stay beyond 2025.
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.