Real Madrid have relied heavily upon ageing players in recent years, with the likes of Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric playing a pivotal role in the club’s success.
However, with each of these players currently in the final phase of their respective careers, Real Madrid have a decision on their hands, when it comes to contract renewals.
The reigning European champions already intend to extend the contract of Benzema ahead of the Ballon d’Or ceremony. And according to Jorge Picon (h/t Madrid Zone), they have similarly offered Kroos a new contract.
The German’s current contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. At the age of 32, one would expect the midfielder to continue for a few more years, especially given the way the likes of Modric and Benzema have continued their development.
However, Picon suggests that even though Real Madrid have offered Kroos a contract extension, they believe the player is much closer to retirement than he is to extending his deal at Bernabeu.
Kroos last extended his contract at Real Madrid back in 2019, signing a four-year extension until 2023. With 375 competitive appearances, he is currently one of the most experienced players in the Real Madrid camp.
However, with the 32-year-old announcing his retirement from the German national team last year, many in the Real Madrid camp feel the midfielder will not be playing much longer.
Kroos’ potential exit at the end of the season could serve as a major blow for the Los Blancos, especially with Modric also nearing the end of his career. Although the club have invested heavily in midfield lately, the loss of both Kroos and Modric could be too much to bear.
It could ultimately see Real Madrid spent heavily on another midfielder, with Jude Bellingham already emerging as one of the club’s top targets in 2023.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.