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 forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.