According to Cadena SER, Real Madrid have already closed an agreement with Karim Benzema over a new contract, with an official announcement the only thing pending at this moment.
The 35-year-old superstar is in the final year of his contract with Los Blancos and there has been no update on an extension for the current club captain as of yet.
It had previously been suggested that a one-year extension option would be automatically triggered after Benzema won the Ballon d’Or last year, but those claims have since been refuted.
The Frenchman, who announced his international retirement recently, has had problems with injuries of late and has looked well below his best level from last season.
Despite his age and recent fitness problems, Real Madrid, as per the report, want to renew the veteran centre-forward for two more years.
And, it is further stated that there is already an agreement between the club and the player over a new deal, with an announcement to confirm the same missing at this point in time.
If true, Benzema would remain a Real Madrid player until 2025. How that affects the club’s long-term plans would be interesting to see as Los Blancos will have Endrick at their disposal in 2024, while they also plan to sign Erling Haaland from Manchester City that year.
Having taken over as the club captain this season following Marcelo’s exit, Benzema has scored 11 goals in 16 matches across all competitions, four of which have been from the penalty spot.
Apart from Benzema, Real Madrid also wish to renew both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos by one more year each, although their situations are unclear at the moment.
Real Madrid considered signing 25-year-old Bundesliga defender on loan after Alaba’s injury
David Alaba’s ACL rupture towards the end of 2023 sent a wave of sudden panic within the Real Madrid coaching staff and during the January transfer market, the team from the Spanish capital explored several opportunities.
In that context, a report from AS has affirmed that Real Madrid considered signing Union Berlin’s Diogo Leite on loan until the end of the season, but the move and the entire thought eventually died out.
Real Madrid liked what they saw
Leite was identified by Real Madrid as a player with significant potential, possessing excellent ball control, and having demonstrated his capabilities at the highest level.
However, rather than exploring a permanent transfer, the possibility of a loan until the end of the season was under consideration, taking into account the specific circumstances faced by Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Notably, the 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both matches against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu (1-0) and at his home (3-2) in the Champions League group stages.
Summer move not being considered
Leite, a product of FC Porto youth academy, has gained valuable experience under Pepe’s guidance while at the Portuguese club which made him Union Berlin’s fourth most expensive signing in history.
As of today, though, Real Madrid’s summer transfer target list excludes central defenders, with the exception of Rafa Marin, who is on loan to Alaves.
Interestingly enough, Leite has garnered a strong reputation in the Bundesliga, and sources indicate that Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen is expressing interest in acquiring his services.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the likes of Eder Miliato and Alaba would return by the beginning of the next season and with Antonio Rudiger also available, the centre-back positions would be more or less covered.