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Real Madrid feel veteran midfielder is close to retiring, have offered him extension anyway

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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.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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